TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Anne Bauer as the 26th Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Los Angeles Kings. Bauer, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate half of the funds to the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, while the other half will go to a scholarship for her own education.
Anne, a senior at East Lake High School, has been a Girl Scout for over 13 years. During this time, she has learned to leave things better than how she found them and has fulfilled this goal through giving back to the community. Recently, she has been working at the Career Café on her Gold Award project, where she created a free career building workshop for young women to address challenges they often face at the beginning of their careers, while also empowering them to be strong, bold and successful.
Bauer's service initiative looks to continue the progress that has already been made at the Career Café. There will be an annual one-day event for girls to learn how to network, build their personal brand, build their resumes and attend mock-interviews while connecting with female leaders in the Tampa Bay area. Bauer hopes this will give young women the ability to gain valuable job-hunting skills and the opportunity to establish relationships with local, successful female business leaders.
Anne Bauer becomes the 297th Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the Lightning Community Hero program in 2011-12 with a $10 million, five-season commitment to the Tampa Bay community. Through this evening's game, in total, the Lightning Foundation has granted $15 million to more than 400 different nonprofits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. During the summer of 2016, the Vinik's announced that the community hero program will give away another $10-million over the next five seasons.