Patriots’ Van Noys Bring Joyous Smiles to 183 Foster Kids in Boston

Very Van Noy Christmas 2021

December 2021, Boston, MA — The Van Noy Valor Foundation partnered with Massachusetts-based Foster Care organization MARE to bring Christmas to foster families in need for a seventh consecutive year. This year’s “A Very Van Noy Christmas” featured both indoor and outdoor versions.
The indoor portion of the Foundation’s flagship holiday program was hosted by founders New England Patriot Kyle Van Noy and his wife Marissa. Gillette Stadium’s Cross Insurance Pavilion became a Christmas dreamland where 33 foster children from MARE, ages 5-17, were introduced to Kyle and Marissa, and then entered a space and evening they will never forget. The Van Noys’ connection to these kids and reason for this annual event is direct and absolute, according to Kyle, “I was in the system, so this is in my heart, and in my wife’s heart, since her Dad and brother were adopted. It means a lot to us, and these kids deserve it.”
To start out the evening, the entire group participated in an open Q&A session with their renowned NFL couple hosts. Afterward, they were led into a festive, colorful, cozy area where each child was surprised to find a uniquely decorated Christmas tree with their name on it. Surrounding their personal holiday tree, every child found a pile of gifts that included every item from their Christmas wish lists – and then some. Total average value is given as $1,200 per foster child by the Van Noy Foundation.
The program also featured an outdoor drive-through portion at Gillette’s Parking Lot 22, providing another group of 150 foster families with their own unique Christmas tree, complete with ornaments for decorating, tote bags filled with essential family items, gift cards, and a game for them to enjoy. The drive-through program provided an average value of $500 per foster family for Christmas according to the Foundation.

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November 30, 2021, Boston, MA – Monday evening, New England Patriots Linebacker Kyle Van Noy and his wife Marissa hosted a packed Patriots of Valor Gala at the iconic State Room in downtown Boston.  The popular couple had spent the 2016-2019 NFL seasons living in Boston, becoming known for their charitable activities and personal generosity. Having just returned to both the Patriots and the city for the 2021-22 season, the Van Noys’ reputation for giving back to their community continues to grow.  Over $350,000 was raised during the three-hour event, with proceeds serving to support the Van Noy Valor Foundation’s outreach programs throughout the region. The Van Noys also announced a personal donation of $25,000 to their foundation during the event.


“Thank you honestly! This wouldn’t be able to be done without you guys in the room.”

– Kyle Van Noy


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Since launching the Van Noy Valor Foundation in Detroit in 2014, Kyle and Marissa have hosted seven large, charitable celebrity galas, each providing critical Program funds via event sponsorships, ticket sales, live and silent auction items, and donations. This year’s Patriots of Valor Gala was attended by more than 225 enthusiastic supporters, and later joined by Kyle’s Patriot teammates Devin McCourty, Brandon King, and Jonnu Smith. Emcee duties were provided by CBS Boston sports anchor Steve Burton.


During the event, Kyle & Marissa spoke at length about their foundation and why their mission of providing extra love, resources and support to children living in foster care or adoption is so personal and important to them both.


Funds raised support key programs operating regionally throughout the year such as:  the “Very Van Noy Christmas Program” for local foster families; and the “Valiant Knights Scholarship and Internship Program” established in 2019 to reduce barriers to opportunity and provide professional development resources for young adults exiting the Boston area foster care system. Scholarship and internship initiatives provide work-based learning and employment opportunities, empowering and enabling underserved former foster children to collaborate on meaningful work for businesses within their communities.


The 2021 Patriots of Valor Gala was made possible by Presenting Sponsors Optiline Enterprises, Dan O’Brien Auto Group, and Zudy.


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On Thursday evening, New England Patriots Linebacker Kyle Van Noy and his wife Marissa hosted their first-ever ‘Knights of Luxury’ fundraising event at Ridder Country Club’s The Villa. The event, which was presented by Dan O’Brien Auto Group, marked the relaunch of the Van Noy Valor Foundation in New England.

A garden party-style luxury event, ‘Knights of Luxury’ featured high-end cars on display, garden games, live music by Sophie London, and a “Back in Boston”-themed cocktail reception. The evening was capped off by a live auction of once-in-a-lifetime experiences and rare memorabilia. Over 100 event guests welcomed Van Noy back to the Patriots with open arms, setting the stage for one of Boston’s most exclusive events.

During the event, Kyle and Marissa spoke at length about their foundation and why this mission of providing extra love, resources and support to children living in foster care or adoption is so personal and important for both. Kyle and Marissa shared their excitement to be back in New England.  “We are so happy to be back – the reception by fans has been amazing and we are grateful for the opportunity to once again serve the community in New England,’ said both Kyle and Marissa during the event.

In all, the event generated more than $125,000, with proceeds supporting the Van Noy Valor Foundation’s community outreach programs in New England. These programs include an annual Christmas program, a Very Van Noy Christmas, for local foster families and a scholarship and internship program designed to prepare students who are aging out of the foster care program for their next steps in life.

‘Knights of Luxury’ marks the first Van Noy Valor Foundation activity in New England following Van Noy’s re-signing with the Patriots this offseason. The Foundation operated exclusively in New England from 2016 to 2019, where Kyle was nominated as the Patriots 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year Candidate.

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The Van Noy Valor Foundation raised over $400,000 at Third Annual Celebrity Server Night on Monday, November 11th.


On Monday, November 11th, New England Patriots Linebacker Kyle Van Noy and his wife Marissa Van Noy hosted their third annual ‘Celebrity Server Night’ event in Foxborough for their foundation, the Van Noy Valor Foundation, at Gillette Stadium. The ‘Celebrity Server Night’ was presented by Akavie and Optiline Enterprises. The event benefitted the signature community outreach program of the foundation, a Very Van Noy Christmas. The event featured Kyle & Marissa Van Noy along with Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, and several of their Patriots teammates and wives mingling with more than 300 guests in attendance.

Attendees were treated to a cocktail reception, presented by PROS and Dan O’Brien Automotive Group, which featured live entertainment by NY Dueling Pianos and dozens of rare memorabilia and exclusive experience packages in the silent auction. During the event’s program, guests enjoyed dinner, a live interview with Kyle & Marissa and an exciting live auction.

During the event, Kyle & Marissa spoke at length about their foundation and why this mission of providing extra love, resources and support to children living in foster care or adoption is so personal and important for both of them. Governor Baker and First Lady Baker were also in attendance and spoke about the importance of the mission of the foundation and recognized all Veterans in attendance for Veteran’s Day. Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, also attended the event to mingle with guests and support Kyle and Marissa.

In all, more than $400,000 was raised in support of the Van Noy Valor Foundation, including a $15,000 donation pledged by Kyle & Marissa Van Noy.

Sports Director for CBS Boston, Steve Burton, served as the event’s celebrity emcee. Van Noy’s teammates showed up in force to support their teammate in providing resources to children in New England living in foster care. Players in attendance included James White, Don’t’a Hightower, Jamie Collins, Jason McCourty, Devin McCourty, Phillip Dorsett, Lawrence Guy, Duron Harmon, Danny Shelton and Chase Winovich.

In early December, Kyle & Marissa Van Noy will host their annual holiday program, a Very Van Noy Christmas. This program will provide 153 families who are financially impacted by foster care or adoption with a holiday experience including a live Christmas tree for every family and gifts for every child including appropriate winter coats and clothing. Funds raised from the ‘Celebrity Server Night’ will support this program to help ensure these 153 families have the best holiday experience possible.

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