TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Connie Going as the 29th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the St. Louis Blues. Going, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Tampa Bay Innovation Center and Adoption Related Services of Pinellas.
Tonight's community hero has been instrumental in numerous Tampa Bay initiatives that have resulted in thousands of successful adoptions in foster children. Going was the founder of the Adoption Advocacy Center, which has provided post-adoption support to prevent adoptions from dissolving. Going has also been responsible for over 1,000 adoption finalizations in the local foster care system on top of creating dozens of marketing and social media campaigns for numerous adoption agencies.
Going strives to continue and advance her philanthropic efforts by utilizing technology to bring additional resources to families who are going through the adoption process. Through this and other tasks, she hopes to forever change the adoption process for the better along with advocating, educating and innovating so that no child lingers in foster care without a loving home.
Going becomes the 208th Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the 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 $10.55 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area.