TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Chloe Coney as the 39th Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Arizona Coyotes. Coney, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the funds to the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa (CDC of Tampa).
In 1992, Chloe founded the CDC of Tampa, a grassroots community-based development corporation that focuses on neighborhood revitalization and economic development to establish new businesses, create jobs and develop affordable housing. Over her decades of service, Chloe has worked on improving every aspect of East Tampa by getting the attention of philanthropists and private investors, as well as instilling pride and hope in residents and local businesses.
The CDC of Tampa recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and has since assisted more than 3,500 families with housing counseling services, which has created 1,042 new homeowners. The organization has also facilitated the building of more than 80 single-family homes, 210 rental units, 52,000 square feet of commercial space and has helped more than 11,000 youths and adults acquire employability skills and job training. Coney's work goes beyond founding the CDC of Tampa. She is also a mentor, taking time to develop young leaders through community building and philanthropy.
Chloe Coney becomes the 310th 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 $15.6 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.