The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Ed Ameen as the sixth Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Ameen, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Ronald McDonald House Charities, St. Pete Free and the Coast Guard Foundation.
Ameen has made his presence felt across the Tampa Bay area by his countless hours of dedication and service to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. He has been the Chairman for 33 years and oversees the Board of Trustees and works closely with the chief executive officer. Despite holding a high title, Ameen is often found at one of the houses making notes or taking calls, ensuring people receive the best service possible.
As one of the founding fathers of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay, Ameen cares about each staff member and mentors several board members. He has overseen expansion from one cottage to four houses, making this area one of the largest chapters in the world. Along with Lloyd Horton from the All Children's Hospital, they put together the plan to build the first Ronald McDonald House in the state of Florida. Since those early days, the Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay has cared for more than 42,000 families.