TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Katie McGill as the 31st Lightning Community Hero of the 2016-17 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the New York Rangers. McGill, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Dress for Success and the Working Women Foundation.
McGill has provided unparalleled opportunity, encouragement, assistance and resources to every one of the more than 12,000 women who have come to her North Howard Avenue haven since she's been in charge at Dress for Success Tampa Bay. Many of the women she has helped, have been victims of domestic violence or live below the poverty line and she's helped them get back on their feet with a new outlook on life. She empowers women to accept personal responsibility and gain economic independence.
During the past 24 years, McGill has founded Black Teen in Effect to help keep youth out of trouble by volunteering in their community. She personally mentors 26 women and has also volunteered for 20 years with the Crisis Center. The difference McGill is making among local disadvantaged women now and during her past 25 years of stewardship and volunteering is quantifiable and is making a tremendous difference in making Tampa Bay a better place to live.A
McGill becomes the 260th 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 $13.15 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. Last summer, the Vinik's announced that the community hero program will give away another $10-million over the next five seasons.