TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Jane Castor as the 42nd Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. Castor, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to law enforcement based local charities.
Valtteri Filppula (left) joined Lightning owner Jeff Vinik (right) to present Jane Castor with a check for $50,000.
Under Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor’s leadership, Tampa’s crime rate has dropped 9.8% in the last year. She has been the driving force behind an unprecedented 69% decrease in crime in the city the past 11 years. Chief Castor believes that reducing crime is only one part of what she can do to improve the community where she was born and raised. The first female Chief of Police in Tampa, Castor is dedicated to molding the city’s disadvantaged children into productive adults.
Chief Castor’s dedication to the Tampa Bay community reaches far beyond her role with the Police Department. The Tampa native is proud to serve on numerous boards and continues work with and mentor at-risk children. She a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and a board member of Trinity Charter School and at Hillsborough House of Hope. She also recently spearheaded efforts to secure donations to design and build a new Police Athletic League Facility, which opened in 2013.
The Lightning Foundation and Jeff Vinik have extended their Community Heroes Program for the 2014 NHL Playoffs. The team will honor a community hero at each Lightning home game during this year’s playoffs.