The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Cindy Ross as the 17th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators. Ross, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Starting Right, Now.
Teddy Purcell joined Lightning owner Jeff Vinik to present Cindy Ross with a check for $50,000.
Ross directly serves and empowers others through acquiring funding to help the Florida Community Loan Fund. As the Community Development Loan Officer, she has been able to obtain loan capital for a charter school serving farmworker children, a private school serving disabled children, a community health center for low income residents and affordable housing for low-income families. Ross restores faith in humanity by helping others who have been neglected by people they used to trust.
A girl scout for 12 years, Ross is a true believer in helping as many people that she possibly can. She was a foster parent for many years to four children. She likes to listen and encourage others to create a harmonious life for themselves in their mind, body and spirit. Ross believes a life of faith and love of service is the antidote to a life of doubt, fear and pain.