TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Frank Morsani as the 43rd Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's Game 2 matchup versus the Detroit Red Wings. Morsani, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Judeo Christian Health Clinic.
Tonight's community hero has made Tampa Bay a better place to live, while inspiring others to also give back. The Korean War veteran moved to Tampa in 1970 to grow his auto dealership, which later developed into a chain of successful enterprises. In addition to his entrepreneurial triumph, Morsani became heavily involved in philanthropic efforts by donating millions to the Straz Center and the Moffitt Cancer Center.
In 2011, he donated $20 million to the University of South Florida. His donation led to the creation of the Morsani College of Medicine, which has taken a new approach to personalized health care. Morsani's charitable works have made Tampa Bay a hotbed for economic growth and he'll continue to champion that progress for years to come.
Morsani becomes the 222nd Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the 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 $11.25 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area.