TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Sally Campbell as the 16th Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Washington Capitals. Campbell received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program. She will donate half the funds to the American Cancer Society/Hope Lodge, while the other half will go towards a scholarship for her own education.
Campbell, a senior at Pasco High School, has greatly impacted the Tampa Bay community through her volunteer contributions. After losing her great-grandmother to lung cancer, Campbell decided to focus her community service efforts on serving cancer patients and their families. Campbell currently volunteers at the American Cancer Center Hope Lodge, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital and the Children's Cancer Center. She created her own nonprofit organization, Sallybrating With A Cause, to honor her great-grandmother's legacy. Campbell's organization hosts events and fundraises for charities in the Tampa Bay community.
At age 12, Campbell began volunteering at Hope Lodge, a center that provides supportive living environments for cancer patients and their families. Campbell's experience volunteering with the patients and staff at Hope Lodge inspired her to partner with the program for her new initiative. Campbell will lead her new service initiative, providing caregivers with welcome bags and host monthly dinners for patients and staff. She will also organize an external beautification project for Hope Lodge and encourage more youth involvement in the community.
Campbell becomes the 384th 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 $19.2 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.