TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Jose Garcia as the 17th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets. Garcia, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay.
Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay (RTTB) repairs hundreds of homes for low-income homeowners, veterans and seniors to ensure a safe home. As a result of Garcia's efforts, home modification services have been provided to 200 disabled veterans in the Tampa Bay area. Also, Garcia's charitable ways were recently recognized by the City of Tampa after coordinating Operation Reveille where RTTB repaired homes for 11 veteran homeowners in need.
Garcia is a visionary that has worked diligently to improve and empower people, strengthen community participation and inspire movements for the common good. The impact that Garcia leaves is one of a strong and charismatic leader who is able to accomplish the vision that everyone deserves a safe and healthy home. The legacy that Garcia hopes to leave behind is to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable groups in our community.
Garcia becomes the 196th 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 $9.95 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area.