Lightning Community Heroes

Jeff and Penny Vinik have pledged over $10 million to the Community Heroes program over a spread of 5 years. At every Lightning home game a deserving person is presented with a check for $50,000 to go to the charity of their choice. Last year we saw some amazing people who do so much for others. They ranged from children to elderly, the charities all amazing. Though there was a lockout, the Viniks decided to go ahead with the program, and donated a check on the dates of scheduled home games. Though they don’t help others to be in the spotlight, the spotlight should shine on them. That is why I am going to be featuring them from this point on. Here are the ones who have been rewarded during the lockout. Click the link on their names to read their stories:

1. Bruce Fyfe 
Homeless Emergency Project
Presented by: Jeff Vinik on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2. Brook Pasch
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Presented by: Steve Griggs  on Friday, October 19, 2012

3. Chely Figueroa
Metropolitan Ministries
Presented by: Dave Andreychuk on October 23, 2012

3.  Gus and Frances Stavros
Pinellas Education Foundation
Presented by: Tod Leiweke on November 1, 2012

4. Ed Ross
Community Stepping Stones
Presented by: Martha Fuller on November 2, 2012

5. Dr. Edie Dopking
Quantum Leap Farms
Presented by: Guy Boucher on November 6, 2012

6. Don Campbell
Feeding Children Everywhere
Presented by: Steve Yzerman on November 8, 2012

7. Audrey Mabrey 
Community Action Stops Abuse and Hands Across the Bay
Presented by: Martha Fuller on November 10, 2012

8. Jaylen Arnold
Jaylen’s Challenge
Presented by: Dave Andreychuk on November 13, 2012

9. Jane Ford 
Camelot Community Care
Presented by: Penny Vinik on November 26, 2012

10. Charley Richards 
Affordable Supported Living
Presented by: Dave Andreychuk on December 4, 2012

11. Jose And Ampy Suarez
Hope Youth Ranch
Presented by: Dave Andreychuk  on December 6, 2012

I encourage you to click these links and read the stories. Each and every one of them are inspiring. The Community Heroes program will continue at home games. If you know of someone who is deserving, the deadline for submission has been extended to February 4, 2013. Click here for details on eligibility and how to nominate. 

Dolly Dolce

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