The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Marion Samson-Joseph as the 34th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Samson-Joseph, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Menorah Manor.
Radko Gudas (left) joined Lightning owner Jeff Vinik (right) to present Marion Samson-Joseph with a check for $50,000.
Samson-Joseph has an unmatchable vision and desire to improve her community each and every day. She established one of the first community hospitals in the Tampa Bay area after she saw a dire need for improvement in the local health care system. When one her family members was in need of drug rehab she identified a gap in that realm and founded a rehab center for addicts. Samson-Joseph has identified needs and found solutions to fill those voids, in ways that forever impact the local community.
She rallied Tampa Bay residents and provided leadership to open Menorah Manor, the first Jewish nursing home in the local area. As a holocaust survivor, Samson-Joseph was instrumental in her family’s founding of the Holocaust Museum. Her most significant accomplishments have been to create an excellent system of care for this region’s elderly, regardless of their ability to pay.