TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Chuck Sykes as the 42nd Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of Game 1 versus the Columbus Blue Jackets. Sykes, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate half to Muscular Dystrophy Association and half to Bridging Freedom.
Chuck is passionate about his community, serving on the Board of Trustees and Administrative Affairs Sub-Committee at the University of Tampa, and as a board member of Feeding America of Tampa Bay - a local arm of the country's largest charitable hunger-relief organization. In the past eight years, he has served as chair of such organizations as the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the American Heart Association's Heart Ball and the Tampa Bay Partnership. He is an active board member of several national and local organizations such as Junior Achievement of West Central Florida, the American Heart Association and the Straz Center for Performing Arts. Chuck also actively supports the Heroes Luncheon, Gasparilla Music Festival, The Boy Scouts of America, Young Life, Tampa Downtown Partnership and Tampa Bay Wave.
In 2011, the St. Petersburg Times Annual Leadership Survey of the Business Community named Chuck Tampa Bay's Top Business Leader. He was also honored at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce, named the 2016 H. L. Culbreath Jr. Profile award winner, 2017 Citizen of the Year by the Tampa Metro Civitan Club, 2018 Tampa Businessman of the Year and received a Gold Stevie for Lifetime Achievement at the 2018 Stevie's International Business Awards
Chuck Sykes becomes the 367th 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 $18.35 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.