TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Lightning Foundation awarded 16 financial grants for a total of $129,500 this evening at The Community Grant Awards and Donor Recognition Reception in the AFS Club at the St. Pete Times Forum. In addition, the Lightning Foundation presented checks totaling more than $150,000 to eight charity organizations. The funds were raised by the foundation throughout the 2007-08 season.
In total, the Lightning and the Lightning Foundation donated $1,738,290 in cash and in-kind donations during the 2007-08 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.
The Lightning Foundation also announced the winners of the second annual Dave Andreychuk College Scholarship, which was awarded to two deserving high school seniors who are members of a high school hockey team. The winners are Andrew Augaitis, who plays for East Lake High, and Eric Kortum, who plays for Middleton High.
Grant applicants were asked to detail their organization and a proposed program or project, and provide 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:
AT&T Greater Orlando Telecom Pioneers - The grant will fund two “smart boards” for hearing impaired students.
Berkeley Preparatory School – The grant will provide ancillary aid for Upper Division financial aid students.
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.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Inc. – The grant will support five matches in their local comprehensive mentoring program.
Cby25 (Connected By 25) - The grant will assist in funding the “Connection with Education” program, providing an education specialist to assist with foster care youth.
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.
Hillsborough Head Start Community Foundation, Inc. - The grant will be used to provide literacy supplies for parents to use with their children at home.
Junior Achievement of West Central Florida – The grant will provide funding for a mini-city consisting of 20 public and private enterprises.
Kids Voting Tampa Bay – The grant will help provide needed civics curriculum and services to schools and provide an opportunity for students to cast a practice ballot.
Laurel Nokomis School, Sarasota County - The grant will provide funding for an occupational therapy sensory room/playground for autistic students, providing them with a positive environment to help enrich their cognitive abilities.
Cancer Foundation - The grant will fund The Sunshine Project, a pediatric cancer research program.
Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc. – The grant will fund 5,000 hours of literacy tutoring.
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.
St. Peter Claver Catholic School - The grant will fund four scholarships for the 2008-09 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. - The grant will fund psychological evaluations for children in the Hillsborough County Dependency Court System.