TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Lisa Trunzo as the 37th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the New York Islanders. Trunzo, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Hannah's Homeless and Terra Nova Club and Resurrection House.
Tonight's community hero has transformed the landscape of St. Petersburg through her assistance of the homeless. In 2012, Trunzo created Hannah's Homeless, an organization that distributes necessities such as water, snacks and toiletries to St. Petersburg's homeless population. Two years later, the organization established a walk-in center where the homeless can be provided extra services such as counseling and other unique resources.
Since the construction of the walk-in center, approximately 8,000 individual visits occur annually. Trunzo has been responsible for the appointment of the organization's volunteer staff that is actively involved in improving the community for years to come. Her goal is to continue to meet the needs of the homeless population in St. Petersburg that is a discounted part of society.
Trunzo becomes the 216th Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the 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 $10.95 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area.