TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Gayle Sierens as the 45th Lightning Community Hero of the season during the first period of tonight's Game 7 against the Detroit Red Wings. Sierens, 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 and Lifepath Hospice.
For nearly four decades, Sierens has been keeping the Tampa Bay community informed as a news anchor on WFLA News Channel 8. She began as a sports reporter in 1977 and grew in to her current role in 1985. In 1987, Sierens made history becoming the first women to ever call play-by-play for a National Football League game. She has since become a local icon and role model for many.
Away from the news desk, Sierens has been a staunch supporter multiple local charitable and humanitarian causes. In light of her philanthropic contributions to the community, The Association of Fundraising Professionals created a "Volunteer of the Year Award" in her name.