BOSTON (CBS) – As part of the Patriots ongoing “Celebrate Volunteerism” campaign, the Kraft family and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation announced $100,000 in grants for the renamed 2012 Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards on Friday.

“Volunteers are some of our greatest heroes, giving selflessly for others and expecting nothing in return,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “Like many of the volunteers in our region that are being nominated, my sweetheart made volunteerism a lifestyle. This is one of my favorite programs, and we are looking forward to celebrating some of the many deserving volunteers in her honor.”

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New England residents who are 13 years of age or older who provide volunteer services for nonprofit organizations are eligible for nomination, and only one nominee may be considered from each organization.

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Sixteen winners will be selected, including one grand prize winner of $25,000, five runners-up of $10,000 and 10 finalists of $2,500. The money will be awarded to the nonprofit organization for which each honoree volunteers. Winners will also be honored and receive their awards at the Myra Kraft Community MVP luncheon at Gillette Stadium in June.

Winners will be selected by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, and nonprofit organizations can nominate volunteers online up until April 15.

The Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards honor individuals who exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities through volunteerism. Through the program, nonprofit organizations throughout New England have the opportunity to reward their hard-working volunteers for the invaluable time and support they provide to their communities.

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