TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Bruce Livingston as the 19th Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. Livingston, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Clearwater Free Clinic.
Livingston has served on the board of the Clearwater Free Clinic since 2000. The Clinic's mission is to deliver comprehensive medical care to uninsured families through volunteerism and community partnerships. Today, after 18 years on the board and chairing it twice, the clinic now sees more than double the patients, fills more than double the prescriptions, and has 18 staff members with an operating budget of over 1.7 million dollars. The Clearwater Free Clinic also opened a new 11,000 square foot facility in February of 2018. Along with the support for a new building, Bruce was behind the creation of an endowment fund to ensure ongoing financial support of the Clinic.
Bruce is also the CEO of Boyd Industries, a leader in dental/medical equipment manufacturing, and founded the Community Dental Clinic in 2009. Incorporated in 2011, the Clinic opened its doors in September of 2013. Since then, the clinic has provided over 5,000 patient visits while providing more than $2 million in donated services. After Hurrican Katrina the LSU Dental School in downtown New Orleans had lost almost all of its equipment so Livingston and his wife Diedra quickly donated over $100,000 worth of dental chairs and accessories to help get the school up and running. He also created "Wired for Success" a free seminar underwritten by 7 major companies in the orthodontic field.
Bruce Livingston becomes the 342nd 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 $17.2 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.