TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Edward Cranston as the 28th Lightning Community Hero of the 2016-17 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Ottawa Senators. Cranston, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Trinity Cafe.
Cranston has made the community better by offering a lifetime of service in every neighborhood he has lived. His connections and deep relationship building have made numerous organizations better, including Veteran's Hospital, Seniors in Service and Trinity Cafe. Cranston's lifetime of impact spans much further than Tampa Bay, including service in the U.S. Navy as well as his home neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, the banking industry, numerous Catholic parishes, communities and schools. During his 15 years of volunteer service at Trinity Cafe, he has served more than 4,000 hours, building relationships with guests that provide a lifeline, connection, community and influence.
While most of his work has been mostly quiet, consistent and behind-the-scenes, Cranston has made an impact in the Tampa Bay community by enriching the lives of those he serves and building relationships that encourage, inspire and lift the spirits of those in need. He has served many people from all walks of life, from the homeless and hungry, to senior citizens who are homebound, to those who have sacrificed in service to our country, as well as disabled children.
Cranston becomes the 258th 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 $13.05 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. Last summer, the Vinik's announced that the community hero program will give away another $10-million over the next five seasons.