TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Lo Berry as the 11th Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of tonight's game against the Nashville Predators. Berry, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, presented by Jabil, will donate the money to Reachup.
Berry was inspired to improve infant mortality rates and poor family health in vulnerable populations, so Lo founded Reachup, an organization that advocates for and mobilizes resources to achieve equality in healthcare. Reachup is committed to leading the charge in the Tampa Bay area in providing positive health care to those who need it most. Berry works tirelessly to increase Reachup's services by developing valuable civic partnerships to broaden their reach.
Since 2006, Berry and Reachup have served more than 7,000 people yearly, leading to a 57% reduction in infant mortality rates across Hillsborough county's Black community. It has also increased awareness of these valuable health resources for those they serve.
Berry becomes the 422nd 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 $22.05 million to more than 750 different nonprofits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. During the summer of 2016, the Viniks announced that the community hero program will give away another $10 million over the next five seasons.