TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Robin Warren as the 23rd Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of tonight's game against the Arizona Coyotes. Warren, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate to Project Prosper.
Warren's passion for equity and justice, along with her leadership and commitment to the community, has positively impacted the immigrant and refugee experience in Tampa Bay. Warren co-founded Project Prosper in 2007, a local organization that helps immigrants and refugees integrate into the American finical systems. Project Prosper has granted these individuals access to financial literacy classes that help guide them through basic finical services and serves over 500 people annually. Today, Project Prosper is teaching in all the adult ESOL programs within Pinellas County schools and partners with all the refugee program providers in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.
In addition to her work with Project Prosper, Warren also serves as a board member for the Florida Council on Economic Education, a statewide organization that promotes financial education in school curriculums. Warren re-established centers for Economic Education in Jacksonville and Miami, launching efforts to make financial literacy courses in high schools mandatory across the state of Florida.
Warren becomes the 388th Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the Lightning Community Hero 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 $19.55 million to more than 750 different nonprofits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. During the summer of 2016, the Vinik's announced that the community hero program will give away another $10 million over the next five seasons.