The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Mary Lee and Rex Farrior as the 25th Lightning Community Heroes of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Boston Bruins. Lee and Farrior, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Mary Lee's House.
Lee and Farrior have made it their mission to heal abused and neglected children by providing shelter and protection to those in need of a safe haven. In 2008, the pair of heroes opened Mary Lee's House, a child advocacy center that works in tandem with child system stakeholders and community partners to provide a nurturing environment. Since opening, it has served more than 9,000 children, offering them counseling and sound advice.
Mary Lee's House is the only child protection and advocacy facility in Hillsborough County and is a place for children to receive medical treatment as well as counseling and legal services. Prior to Mary Lee's House opening, children in need of assistance traveled from one place to another seeking help. Now childhood victims are welcomed with a sense of normalcy with toys, games, artwork projects and other activities.