TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Rosemary Armstrong as the 30th Lightning Community Hero of the season during the first period of tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Armstrong, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Crossroads, Florida’s Children First and Community Law Program in St. Pete.
Armstrong has been a great advocate for low income and vulnerable residents in the Tampa Bay area, donating countless hours of legal services to those in need. Noticing a lack of representation for foster care children in Hillsborough County and the negative effects it can have on their future, Armstrong created Crossroads for Florida Kids, Inc., a network of attorneys who offer pro bono representation for foster children. She is responsible for recruiting and training attorneys, as well as offering her own services pro bono.
Since Crossroads for Florida Kids, Inc. was created in 2012, Armstrong has recruited over 110 attorneys to represent children pro bono. In 2013, Crossroad’s attorneys contributed over 3,500 pro bono hours and in 2014 they accumulated approximately 4,100 hours. To date Crossroads has represented over 100 children in the foster care system.
In addition to being named tonight’s Lightning Community Hero, Armstrong has been previously honored with the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award in 2011 and the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award 2012, which is the highest statewide pro bono award.