TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Fran Powers as the 13th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Powers, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Powerstories Theater.
Victor Hedman joined Lightning owner Jeff Vinik to present Fran Powers with a check for $50,000.
In 1998, Powers was riding her bike across the United States when she asked herself ‘Why was she here on earth?” After asking herself that question, she realized that she wanted to help girls who were severely lacking in confidence, as well as adults, and give them a boost through story telling. Her vision was to create an outlet for those whose true stories would otherwise go untold, and change lives in the process. Powers opened Powerstories Theater to provide that platform for relief for women who have struggles in their daily lives.
Through her productions, Powers positively affects the lives of thousands of middle school girls and women, especially those who lack self-esteem and communication skills. The theater she opened provides women an avenue for their voices to be heard through story-telling. The performers and audiences both receive a powerful gift – that they are all living a unique and valuable life.