TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Chris Card as the 32nd Lightning Community Hero of the season during the first period of tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Card, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Lutheran Services FL.
Over the past two decades, Card has been trailblazing initiatives to improve child welfare. He is noted for leading the state of Florida through reformation of the former child welfare system toward the current Community Based Care model, in which services of child welfare are transferred to community non-profit agencies. This integration has produced many notable results for abused and neglected children, including significantly increased adoptions.
Card’s designated organization for the Lightning Community Heroes Program donation, Lutheran Services Florida (LSF), is a statewide, non-profit, human services agency dedicated to helping all people regardless of religious affiliation, age or national origin. LSF is based in Tampa and has more than 60 programs throughout the state of Florida. Since its establishment in 1982, nearly 900,000 children and families have received assistance from LSF’s vital services.