Governor Janet Mills announced today that, as a result of the generosity of the Kraft family, Maine will send four health care superheroes to Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida as part of an all-expense paid trip that includes roundtrip travel on the New England Patriots team plane.
The four Mainers will be part of a group of 76 vaccinated health care workers from the six New England states and representing a range of hospitals and roles, all of which have been supporting COVID-19 units during the pandemic, according to the New England Patriots. The mission of this trip is two-fold: to recognize and thank a representative group of the countless healthcare superheroes in New England and to celebrate and spread the important message of getting vaccinated
“I am grateful to the Kraft family for providing this special gift to our frontline COVID healthcare workers as a message of our enduring gratitude,” said Governor Janet Mills in a press release. “I ask all Maine people to join me in thanking all of our health care workers who have heeded the call of duty and worked long hours, days and weeks often at great sacrifice to themselves and their families, to protect Maine people during this extraordinary crisis.”
The Kraft family offered four tickets to each of the governors outside of Massachusetts, including Governor Mills who then selected health care superheroes from their respective states, for a total of 20 individuals representing Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Governor Mills randomly drew names to select Maine’s four winners. They are:
JOE LOOPER, Emergency Department Nurse at Mercy Hospital; CATHY BEAN, Manager of Clinical and Community Health Services Northern Light Home Care & Hospice; LISA IRELAND, Registered Nurse at River Ridge Center; and PATRICK KEANEY, Pulmonary Physician at Mid Coast Hospital.
The health care superheroes will depart from Boston Logan Airport the morning of Sunday, February 7, 2021. The guests will arrive and board the Patriots plan from the very same hangar that received the plane filled with 1.2 million respirator masks on April 2, 2020. Patriots’ Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft will then greet these superheroes upon arrival at the Tampa International Airport. Once in Tampa, they will attend the NFL TikTok Tailgate concert, followed by the Super Bowl. They will return to Boston on the Patriots’ team plan after the game, arriving back at Gillette Stadium to complete their rewarding and memorable day.
Super Bowl LV is between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It will be played in Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida and starts at 6:30 pm