TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Kathy and Jack Hunt as the 25th Lightning Community Heroes this season during the first period of tonight's game against the Vegas Golden Knights. The Hunts, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate to Restored Hope of Dade City and Metropolitan Ministries.
Kathy and Jack Hunt have profoundly impacted the lives of thousands of struggling families in the Tampa Bay community through their volunteerism and charitable contributions. After identifying a gap in services for underprivileged families in Paco County, the Hunts founded Restored Hope, a nonprofit organization that provides homeless families with basic need services to alleviate suffering. Since its establishment in 2013, Restored Hope has provided 11,651 services to homeless and at-risk families throughout Pasco County.
In addition to supporting homeless families, Restored Hope also partners with other organizations in the community to expand its services while generating awareness of homelessness to community members. Restored Hope partners with seven local nonprofits, including Sunrise Domestic and Sexual Violence Center, Metropolitan Ministries and Love One Another Church. To date, Kathy and Jack Hunt have provided support and resources to over 8,000 individuals because of their involvement with Restored Hope.
The Hunts become the 390th 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 $19.65 million to more than 750 different nonprofits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. During the summer of 2016, the Vinik's announced that the community hero program will give away another $10 million over the next five seasons.