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Lightning C.H.A.R.G.E. into Big Cat Rescue Wednesday

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – In an effort coordinated by the Tampa Bay Lightning through their C.H.A.R.G.E program, staff members from both the Lightning and Jabil Circuit will descend on Big Cat Rescue in Tampa on Wednesday, December 14.

A total of 52 volunteers will split work into morning and afternoon shifts to help prepare Big Cat Rescue’s newly-acquired 10 acres of land. The first shift will run from 8:30-11:30 a.m. while the afternoon group will work from 1-4 p.m. The group will be comprised of 42 Lightning staff members and 10 from Jabil Circuit. This past August, the Bolts unveiled the C.H.A.R.G.E. (Contributing Hours Across our Region through Generous Employees) program which commits 4,000 hours of community service each year. The program aims to lead by example and inspire others. Each month the Lightning sponsor a volunteer event in the community to demonstrate the importance of giving back.

“As the C.H.A.R.G.E. program grows in the community we continue to find great organizations to partner with,” Lightning Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Initiatives Elizabeth Frazier said. “That couldn’t be any more evident than with our newest partner in the program, Big Cat Rescue. We can’t wait to get our hands dirty as we help expand the sanctuary’s space for their growing number of our large feline friends.”

“We are thrilled to have two work groups from the Lighting donate their time (and their strong backs!) to helping make the ten acres we purchased last December usable,” Big Cat Rescue Advisory Board Chairman Howard Baskin said. “This volunteer labor is a great cost savings for the sanctuary and we appreciate it very much!”

Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. It is home to more than 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species, most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts. Big Cat Rescue’s dual mission is to provide the best home they can for the cats in their care and educate the public about the plight of these majestic animals, both in captivity and in the wild, to end abuse and avoid extinction.

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