TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Brooke Thomas as the 33rd Lightning Community Hero of the season during the first period of tonight's game against the Dallas Stars. Thomas, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to The Thomas Promise Foundation.
The 11 year-old Pasco County school student is making a difference and serving as a positive influence to her peers in the Tampa Bay community. After Thomas's mother discovered that she was running out of her lunch money quickly to feed other students who were hungry, her parents started The Thomas Promise Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on feeding children in the community. Thomas volunteers her time every day after school and at special events hosted by the foundation.
When the foundation was started in 2012, it served five schools and 200 children, but with Thomas's unwavering dedication The Thomas Promise Foundation now serves up to 18 schools and approximately 860 youth.
Thomas was recently designated grand marshall of the Zephyrhills Founder's Day Parade for being one of the "Women: Making a Difference", this year's parade theme. The Thomas Promise Foundation was recently recognized on the Bay News 9 "Everyday Hero" segment and awarded the 2014 Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce Diamond Award for exemplary contributions to the community by a non-profit organization.