The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Dr. Stephen Parks as the 40th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Parks, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Brandon Outreach Clinic.
Dr. Parks has dedicated the last 25 years of his life to making the Tampa area a better and healthier place for those less fortunate. Dr. Parks recognized that there was a need to create a clinic in Brandon where hard-working, low income families and individuals could receive basic medical care. After realizing this need, Dr. Parks founded the Brandon Outreach Clinic. The clinic has provided medical care to patients without health insurance since its opening, providing much-needed health care to those who would not have received assistance any place else.
Dr. Parks has been widely recognized for his service to the community. He received the 2002 Key Citizen Award presented by the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, the Service to Mankind Award presented by Sertoma, the Bill Frist HCA Humanitarian Award presented by Brandon Regional Hospital, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Award for Community Service.