TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Loreen Spencer as the 22nd Lightning Community Hero of the season during the first period of tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oilers. Spencer, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Gift of Adoption.
Having experienced the blessing of being an adoptive parent, Spencer felt compelled to encourage others to provide a home for children without a family of their own. However, she realized that many families interested in adopting a child were being hindered due to financial obstacles. Spencer did not believe these obstacles should keep worthy parents from providing a home, love and stability to a child in need of these, so in 2002, she founded the Florida Chapter of Gifts of Adoption, a 501(c)3 public charity intended to inspire adoption by providing grants to qualified parents.
To date, Spencer’s efforts as the founder of Gift of Adoption Florida Chapter have accumulated to over $650,000 in grants to complete adoptions of more than 225 children from the U.S. and abroad. She has also helped support the development of 10 additional chapters across the nation.
In addition to leading the Gift of Adoption Florida Chapter, Spencer serves on the board of two non-profit organizations, Goodwill Industries Suncoast Board of Directors and St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School Board of Trustees.