Tampa Bay Lightning Chairman and Governor Jeff Vinik announced today that The Lightning Foundation is making a $50,000 contribution to the Curtis/Kocab Memorial Fund and The Gold Shield Foundation, Inc. in support of our community’s fallen heroes. The donation is to be split between the two organizations, with each receiving $25,000.
“Speaking on behalf of the entire Tampa Bay Lightning family and our Foundation, I am pleased to make this contribution today in memory of David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab,” said Vinik upon making the announcement. “Both men selflessly served the city of Tampa and its citizens, and we believe it is our duty as community leaders to help look after those that they and the others that have fallen before them in the line of duty have left behind.”
Prior to the Lightning’s season-opening game against the Atlanta Thrashers, Vinik and Chief Executive Officer Tod Leiweke escorted Sara Kocab, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor and Joe Voskersian, Executive Director of The Gold Shield Foundation, Inc. to center ice for a ceremonial puck drop in honor of the fallen officers.
The Curtis/Kocab Memorial Fund was established by the Tampa Police Memorial Committee, through the Tampa Police Memorial Fund, to support the surviving spouses and families of officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab, who were killed in the line of duty on June 29, 2010.
The Gold Shield Foundation seeks to provide immediate financial assistance and insure a college education or vocational training for the spouses and dependent children of law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Polk and Marion Counties.