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Community Hero Program Continues for 2012-13 Season

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning Foundation, charitable arm of the Tampa Bay Lightning, announced today that it will continue its ‘Lightning Community Heroes’ program, an initiative designed to distribute more than $2 million of the $10 million pledge by owner Jeff Vinik and his wife, Penny, to deserving non-profit organizations throughout the Tampa Bay community over the next four years. Today is the beginning of three nomination periods during which local individuals can submit a Community Hero to be honored with the award during the upcoming season. The first nomination deadline is on August 15, with two additional dates set for November 15 and January 15.

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Deadline 1: August 15
Deadline 2: November 15
Deadline 3: January 15

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Throughout the Lightning’s 41 regular season home games in 2012-13, the club will honor a Community Hero and also award $50,000 to eligible non-profit organizations that are representative to a Hero’s cause. Unchanged from last season, a total of $2,050,000 will be handed out to worthy community causes during the 2012-13 season.

Fans are encouraged to log on to to receive additional details about the program, as well as to nominate deserving individuals who are making the Tampa Bay area a better place to live, work and play. Once a nomination for a Lightning Community Hero has been submitted, the nominee will be asked to provide information about the 501 (c) (3) organizations to which he or she would like to designate the award, should he or she be selected.

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