TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Connie Henderson Lindsay as the 15th Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Colorado Avalanche. Connie, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Liberty Manor for Veterans.
Throughout Connie's tenure as a board member of the Hillsborough County Homeless Coalition, she has shown a strong advocacy for both the disabled and the homeless veteran populations. Because of this, she founded Liberty Manor for Veterans back in 2006. Liberty Manor is a home where honorably discharged veterans can enjoy the camaraderie of other veterans who have suffered similar difficulties, all while addressing their gaps, eliminating obstacles and increasing accountability. It is Connie's belief that there should never be a homeless veteran on the street.
Connie is responsible for the implementation of the first residential program of its kind for homeless veterans in Tampa. Liberty Manor currently has four residential houses and has successfully transitioned over 1,000 veterans in the last 11 years from a homeless state into a life style of independence and self-sufficiency. This organization has made a great impact on the community, which also extends to families of the veterans. Additionally, Connie has championed a Florida State House bill that recognizes veterans with a "V" on their license and has served on the Board of Directors for organizations including American Legion, AmVets, VFW, Women's Club and the Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce.
Connie Henderson Lindsay becomes the 286th 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 $14.4 million to more than 300 different non-profits 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.