TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Lester Cypher as the third Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Buffalo Sabres. Cypher, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to The Volunteer Way.
For the past 29 years, Cypher has volunteered with thousands of children, elderly and working poor throughout Central Florida. In 1999, he started The Volunteer Way, Inc. that now assists 23,000 families each month with a box food for their families. The Volunteer Way now has five locations throughout Pasco County. Their Moon Lake facility supplies hot showers, haircuts, a Laundromat and a close closet to one of Pasco County's poorest areas. They also provide a mobile food pantry that gives free food to people who have no access to public transportation.
At the age of 79, Cypher volunteers 30 to 50 hours a week in order to change the lives of the less fortunate. The legacy he desires to leave behind is that he had a servant's heart and served well in the ministry God put him in. Overall, he wants to be known for being kind to the less fortunate and for doing the best he could in the process. Cypher and The Volunteer Way will continue to serve all people caught in poverty for many years to come.