TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Lightning Foundation awarded 20 financial grants for a total of $148,000 this evening at The Community Grant Awards and Donor Recognition Reception in the AFS Club at the St. Pete Times Forum.
In addition to the 20 grant awards, the Lightning Foundation announced the winners of the Dave Andreychuk Scholarship, which was awarded to two deserving high school seniors who are members of a high school hockey team. The inaugural winners of the scholarships are Steven Ford, who plays for George Jenkins High, and Kyle Wantland, who plays for Durant High.
Including the 20 grants and the Dave Andreychuk Scholarship, the Lightning Foundation donated $543,000 in cash during the 2006-07 season. The charity arm of the Tampa Bay Lightning is dedicated to the support of local organizations that enrich and enhance the lives of those living throughout the Tampa Bay community, focusing its unique resources to advance amateur hockey and educational enrichment opportunities for children and families, along with medical research and treatment for those in need while making Tampa Bay a better place to live, work and play.
Each applicant was asked to detail its organization, a proposed program or project and a description of how it qualifies under the guidelines of the Lightning Foundation’s Funding Guidelines. The Foundation’s Board of Directors selected the following organizations to receive grants:
The Arts Center - The grant will partially fund a free interactive art area at all the Tampa Bay Lightning home games. Thank you to the co-sponsor: Metro PCS.
Attention Home, Inc. - The grant will fund the renovation and restoration of three docks at a group home for boys and young men with developmental disabilities.
AT&T Greater Orlando Telecom Pioneers - The grant will fund two “smart boards” for hearing impaired students at Lake Sybelia Elementary School.
Bess the Book Bus, Inc. - The grant will fund a mobile literacy outreach program, providing books to underprivileged children and adults in the Tampa Bay area.
Cby25 (Connected By 25) - The grant will assist in funding the “Connection with Education” program, providing a teacher to tutor youth who are aging out of foster care in math, reading, and language arts.
ChairScholars Foundation, Inc. - The grant will provide funding for two, four-year college scholarships to disabled students.
Children’s Cancer Center - The grant will fund Lil’ Tales and an Oncology Support Group, providing educational and psychosocial support to families and children with cancer.
Children’s Heart Foundation - The grant will fund a congenital heart disease database project to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects.
Clothes to Kids, Inc. - The grant will provide funding for full “back to school” wardrobes for 120 low-income Pinellas County school children.
The Florida Orchestra, Inc. - The grant will pay for the general costs to present youth orchestra concerts to students in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.
Hillsborough Education Foundation, Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools - The grant will give funding for school supplies and materials for economically disadvantaged students in Hillsborough County Schools.
Hillsborough Head Start Community Foundation, Inc. - The grant will fund three literacy events for 225 low-income children and their families.
Laurel Nokomis School, Sarasota County - The grant will provide funding for an occupational therapy sensory room for autistic students, providing them with a positive environment to help enrich their cognitive abilities.
Pediatric Cancer Foundation - The grant will fund The Sunshine Project, a pediatric cancer research program.
SERVE – School Enrichment Resource Volunteers in Education - The grant will fund the Speaker’s Bureau program that schedules more than 1,500 presentations annually in Hillsborough County Schools.
The Spring of Tampa Bay, Inc. - The grant will fund the “Peace in Action” program for 60 adolescents and their parents.
St. Francis Foundation, Inc., The Village at Everyday Blessings - The grant will fund the purchase of a donor management and fundraising database system.
St. Peter Claver Catholic School - The grant will fund three scholarships for the 2007-08 school year.
Tampa Bay Lightning Sled Hockey Program - The grant will fund equipment, travel expenses and support for sled hockey in Tampa Bay.
Voices for Children of Hillsborough County, Inc. - Guardian Ad Litem Program - The grant will fund psychological evaluations for children in the Hillsborough County Court System.