TAMPA BAY – The Lightning Foundation, charitable arm of the Tampa Bay Lightning, announced today that it is accepting nominations for its ‘Lightning Community Heroes’ program, an initiative designed to distribute a $10 million pledge by owner Jeff Vinik and his wife, Penny to deserving non-profit organizations throughout the Tampa Bay community. Today is the beginning of three nomination periods for the 2015-2016 season, during which local individuals can submit a nomination for a Community Hero to be honored with the award during the upcoming season. The first nomination deadline is on September 2 at 5 p.m. and the two additional nomination dates are Friday, November 13, and Friday, January 15 at 5 p.m.
Throughout the Lightning’s 41 regular season home schedule in 2015-16 the club will honor a Community Hero and award $50,000 to eligible non-profit organizations that are representative to a Hero’s cause. Unchanged from the past four seasons, a total of $2,050,000 will be handed out to worthy community causes during the regular 2015-16 season.
Fans are encouraged to click here to receive additional details and updates to the program, as well as to nominate deserving individuals who are making the Tampa Bay area a better place to live, work and play. The Lightning are accepting first-person narrative submissions for Heroes, as well as the traditional third party nominations. Once a nomination for a Lightning Community Hero has been submitted, the nominee will be asked to provide information about the 501 (c) (3) organizations to which he or she would like to designate the award, should he or she be selected.
Over the past four seasons, the Lightning Foundation has celebrated 179 heroes, awarding $9,100,000 to more than 300 local non-profit charities. Each Hero has received a standing ovation at each Lightning home game and had their amazing story featured on LightningVision at the game in which they are honored. During the Lightning’s 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff run, the team added a community hero for each of their home contests.