TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Blake Twedt as the 19th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the New York Rangers. Twedt, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to The Salvation Army.
Twedt has been directly involved with The Salvation Army Tampa for the past 15 years and an advisory board member since 2011. His works exemplify putting the needs of others over his own by establishing two projects that have greatly impacted the homeless in Tampa Bay: the Tampa Bay Harvest Sustainable Living Project (SLP) and Our Daily Bread Tampa Bay (ODBTB). In 2014, SLP donated over 600 pounds of fresh harvest to Salvation Army kitchens to help improve transitional housing kitchen food costs. ODBTB provides food and vital services through a variety of direct and indirect programs to homeless veterans and families with children in the Tampa Bay area.
In addition to working on the two projects, Twedt's volunteerism includes being a vacation bible school teacher, a mentor for the Adult Rehabilitation Center, etc. As a result, Twedt believes that the work you do for others is what matters most and his efforts have created a ripple effect that he hopes will spread and impact the community in the future.
Twedt becomes the 198th 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 $10.05 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area.