Mauro (right) accepts a proclamation from Sen. Michael O. Moore, (D-Millbury) at the 9/20/14 Ride for John.

Mauro (right) accepts a proclamation from Sen. Michael O. Moore, (D-Millbury) at the 9/20/14 Ride for John.

Auburn resident John Mauro has been named a 2015 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award recipient.  Mauro is well known for his work in the Auburn community with Little League, Recreation and Culture, and especially the National Ataxia Foundation.

Diagnosed with Ataxia himself around 2005 (an exact diagnosis was not made until 2009), John has take a lead role in raising Ataxia awareness at the regional and national levels.  John founded the ‘Ride for John -Walk N’ Roll for Ataxia’ in 2007, and it continues to grow every year.  This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, September 26, at Lemansky Park in Auburn.

Mauro was also recently appointed as a Director of the National Ataxia Foundation.

The Mya Kraft Community MVP Award was established by Patriots owner Robert Kraft in honor of his late wife who was a noted philanthropist. “Every year, we ask New England nonprofit organizations to nominate one volunteer who they consider their MVPs,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft.

On June 9th, 26 New England based organizations will be presented with grants in honor of their volunteers’ work. Fifteen organizations will receive $5,000 grants.  Ten others will receive grants of $10,000 and one grand prize winner will be presented $25,000.

“There were over 400 nominations” said Mauro. “So to be selected in this top 26 is a real honor.”

Mauro will find out the amount of his award at a luncheon on June 9.  In past years, on hand to congratulate the award winners have been Robert Kraft; Patriots Charitable Foundation President Joshua Kraft; Pro Football and Patriots Hall of Famer and Patriots Executive Director of Community Affairs Andre Tippett; Patriots quarterback Tom Brady; Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo; and Patriots alumni and three-time Super Bowl Champion Joe Andruzzi.

The grant will be given to the National Ataxia Foundation in John Mauro’s name.  “We know we are guaranteed $5,000 which is already awesome” said Mauro. “Any higher amount would just be the icing.”