TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Arthenia Joyner as the 44th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Detroit Red Wings. Joyner, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Links Foundation, Delta Enriches Life Through Training & Awareness (DELTA), Tampa Heights Civic Association, Florida A&M University Foundation and the USF Foundation.
Tonight's community hero has been at the core in the fight for equal rights. Joyner was the first black female attorney in Polk and Hillsborough counties and has been in private practice for 45 years. She pioneered change for all minorities who were wrongfully arrested and those who were being illegitimately targeted. Since being wrongfully incarcerated herself, she's been a leading advocate for individuals that have been unlawfully imprisoned.
Furthermore, her relentless desire for justice led to her appointment as the first black female lawyer to the Hillsborough County Bar Association while serving on the Board of Directors. Joyner has passed legislation to provide compensation to those who've been wrongfully incarcerated. To this day, Joyner continues to guide young professionals who are beginning their career in law and public service.
Joyner becomes the 223rd Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the 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 $11.3 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area.