TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Patty Parra-Perez as the 37th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Parra-Perez, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Family Justice Center, Bay Area Legal Services and the Spring.
Patty-Perez was seriously harmed by her estranged husband and then had to watch as he took their children's lives. After her dramatic experience, she has made it her mission to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else. She re-married, had two children and re-gained her strength and is now serving as co-chair for the Family Justice VOICES committee, a group composed of domestic violence survivors. To help raise awareness, she shares her painful story with college students, teens and adults.
Her goal is to bring an end to these senseless acts by also speaking out on the issue of domestic violence at various conferences and events. Once a quiet, timid voice, Parra-Perez shares her unimaginable pain when addressing this indefensible crime. In her effort to help children and adults, she has turned her tragedy into a life-saving effort.