FOXBORO, MASS. (WHDH) - The New England Patriots honored 26 special people at an awards ceremony Thursday.

The Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards, named after the late wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft, honors individuals who have dedicated their time to support causes like healthcare, education, violence prevention and youth sports.

“This is what makes America great, doing random acts of kindness through these groups,” Robert Kraft said. “So the Patriots are honored to be branded with this day.”

One of the winners, Kevin McKenna of Hanson, received $10,000 for his organization Prom Angels, which organizes prom dances for disabled children.

While the volunteers enjoyed getting the recognition and the cash prizes, they really got a kick out of a surprise visit from two of the Patriots’ biggest stars, quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski.

No one enjoyed it more than 93-year-old Ida May Molitor, who was honored for her efforts in the Norton Community Theater.

“How many women can say they’ve been hugged by Tom Brady?” Molitor said. “I’ve been hugged by Tom Brady!”


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