TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Michael Ferrone as the 39th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ferrone, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Joshua's House.
Tonight's community hero has set a positive example for young adults in the Tampa Bay area. Ferrone is a Big Brother for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, an organization that offers children one-on-one relationships with volunteer mentors in order for them to reach their full potential. In fact, he has mentored Little Brother Tavoris for three years as they routinely conduct public speaking initiatives on behalf of the organization.
Also, he has also played a big role as a volunteer at Joshua's House, an organization that provides a safe haven to children that have experienced abuse and neglect. Ferrone hopes that helping children like Tavoris will create a chain reaction for others to give back to the community.
Ferrone becomes the 218th 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 $11.05 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area.