TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Linda Marcelli as the 21st Lightning Community Hero of the season during the first period of tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. Marcelli, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Academy Prep of St. Pete, Academy Prep of Tampa, and Edible Peace Patch.
Tonight’s Lightning Community Hero is a trailblazer and philanthropist. Marcelli was one of the first women to assume management positioning at Merrill Lynch on Wall Street. She has since used her platform and heart of gold to give back to the community and those in great need. Marcelli serves as a mentor to younger women and regularly speaks inspiration into the lives of women at various leadership conferences.
Marcelli and her late husband Tony raised four sons and provided foster care to several others. Marcelli’s love for children has driven her to ensure that underprivileged children in her community are equipped with the sufficient tools to have a fulfilling life. She is a trustee and former board chair for Academy Prep, a private 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution dedicated to providing quality education to underprivileged middle school aged students.
Marcelli has served as a positive, influential resource to the Urban League, YWCA, Mayor’s Ad Hoc Committee for Redevelopment of Midtown (St. Pete), and Edible Peace Patch. Her dedication to serving the Tampa Bay community has garnered Marcelli the recognition of various community achievement awards including the Jeffrey L. Fortune Dream Maker Award (2014) and the YWCA Tampa Bay Woman of Distinction Award (2013).