TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Lisa Brock as the 15th Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Boston Bruins. Brock received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program. She will donate to Starting Right Now, Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Spring of Tampa Bay.
Brock has selflessly dedicated her time positively impacting the Tampa Bay community, specifically at-risk youth. Both Brock and her husband, Farrukh Quraishi, received public aid as children and were placed in foster care. Their upbringings inspired Brock to focus her volunteer efforts on disadvantaged children, youth and families. She helped start The Pediatric Cancer Foundation, The Warrick Dunn Charities Foundation and Frameworks. In turn, Brock served as the first Board Chair of both foundations and was instrumental in developing their founding by-laws and mission statements.
Additionally, Brock continues to provide support to individuals who have aged out of the foster care system. Brock has furnished first apartments for young adults, worked on job resumes and even hosted those without families for Thanksgiving dinner at her personal home. She has received numerous recognitions for her volunteerism and mentorship, including the Juvenile Justice award for at-risk kids, the Guardian Ad Litem Magistrates Award and Frameworks' Head and Heart Award.
Brock becomes the 383rd Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the Lightning Community Hero program in 2011-12 with a $10 million, five-season commitment to the Tampa Bay community. Through this evening's game, in total, the Lightning Foundation has granted $19.15 million to more than 750 different nonprofits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. During the summer of 2016, the Vinik's announced that the community hero program will give away another $10-million over the next five seasons.