TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Brooke Shapiro and Macie Lavender as the 44th Lightning Community Heroes this season during the first period of Game Two versus the New Jersey Devils. Shapiro and Lavender, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate half to support leadership development at Frameworks, while the other half will go towards a scholarship for their own education.
Brooke and Macie are both seniors at Plant High School, and after witnessing the tragic events in Parkland, Florida, they felt compelled to act. They wanted to turn fear into something powerful and positive, so they gathered a group of fellow students to contribute to the cause in a meaningful way. Brooke and Macie were the leaders of creating the Tampa March for our Lives, alongside hundreds of other marches across the country. The two wanted to unify the community, while encouraging attendees to be a voice for what they believe in.
More than 15,000 people attended the Tampa march, including students from 55 different schools across Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties. Brooke and Macie are continually looking for new ways to give back and find out how they can best focus their efforts and energy to incite positive change.
Brooke Shapiro and Macie Lavender become the 315th 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 $15.85 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.