The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Patricia McGuigan as the 18th Lightning Community Hero of the year, and the 100th Hero since the program began three seasons ago, during the first period of tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes. McGuigan, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to The Spring and LifePath Hospice.
Matt Carle joined Lightning head coach Jon Cooper to present Patricia McGuigan with a check for $50,000.
McGuigan began volunteering as a receptionist at The Spring of Tampa Bay, a program that prevents domestic violence, protects victims and promotes strong life choices. After serving as a receptionist, McGuigan invested her own time and money to take the programs intensive 30-hour volunteer training program so that she could become a direct service volunteer. She is one of their top volunteers and provides countless hours each week to helping the patients.
This past summer McGuigan took complete responsibility for The Spring’s new Shelter Boutique Clothing Closet in their emergency unit. She moved clothes out of an old utility closet, organized clothing in the revamped area and developed a labeling system so it could be better organized. McGuigan always takes the extra time to communicate and visit with the clients, showing her compassion with people as they go through difficult times.