TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Bob Morrison, Delano Stewart and David McQuay as the 30th Lightning Community Heroes this season during the first period of tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Morrison, Stewart and McQuay, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate to six different nonprofit organizations including the Hillsborough Education Foundation and Abe Brown Ministries.
Morrison, Stewart and McQuay have positively impacted the Tampa Bay community through their volunteerism and leadership. Together, they founded the Tampa Organization of Black Affairs (TOBA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to leadership development for African American men and women. TOBA is comprised of seasoned mentors who guide young professionals to become leaders in the community. At the time of its establishment in 1979, TOBA was the first organization in Tampa focused exclusively on the special interest of African American leadership in the areas such as government, business and education. Morrison, Stewart and McQuay have helped pave the way in diversifying the community by providing equal opportunity for everyone regardless of race or gender.
Aside from their youth development programs, Morrison, Stewart and McQuay have also contributed financially to various organizations and causes in the community. Morrison, Stewart and McQuay have each served on several local and national governance boards including The National Bar Association, Visit Tampa Bay and the Tourist Development Council.
Morrison, Stewart and McQuay become the 395th 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 $19.90 million to more than 750 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.