The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Bob Memoli as the 30th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Phoenix Coyotes. Memoli, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Center of Independence, Pasco Education Foundation/Take Stock in Children, American Cancer Society, Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Memoli is extremely involved in the Tampa Bay community. He has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for several organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Take Stock in Children, Center for Independence, Trinity and the Rotary Club of Seven Springs. One of Memoli's most significant accomplishments is his mentoring of a local student, Brendan Gorman, who he took under his wing since seventh grade. Gorman comes from a poor family and hasn't known his dad since the age of two. Memoli mentored him and now Gorman is in his first semester of Law School at Barry in Orlando.
Giving of himself, Memoli has set up education scholarships for under privileged children. Through leadership Pasco, where Memoli serves on the board, he assists in the education process that he believes is the key to creating a better world. He has organized fundraisers for education for persons of all ages and abilities.