TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Anesta Boice as the 24th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of today's game against the Ottawa Senators. Boice, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Junior Achievement and Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.
Ryan Malone (left) joined Lightning owner Jeff Vinik (right) to present Anesta Boice with a check for $50,000.
Boice is a champion for Hernando County young people and for financial literacy education. As her own children progressed through the schooling system in Hernando County, she saw that teachers had little time to prepare students for what life was like outside of school. Boice witnessed students leaving school with little understanding on balancing a personal budget, prepare for a job interview or basic financial life skills. With her background in finance she decided to do something about it by offering a Junior Achievement financial literacy program.
In addition to chairing the local Junior Achievement Board and participating in numerous fundraising activities, Boice volunteers monthly at schools, teaching economic classes and recruits others to do the same. Thousands of Hernando County residents and students have benefitted from Boice's community involvement and exceptional leadership.