TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Sandra Dean as the 21st Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. Dean, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church.
Dean has lived in North Boulevard Homes, Tampa's oldest housing project, for the past 22 years. The community has housed many low income families for many years. In collaboration with Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, they created FED (Feeding Every Disciple), a program that donates and distributes cereal boxes and other non-perishable items to children in the area. This initiative paved the way in creating several other outreach programs in the Greater Tampa Bay area.
As a result, Dean's role has helped change the culture within the North Boulevard Homes community. She has organized events that focus on bringing a sense of community as she hopes for more residents to care for each other and create an opportunity for kids to be themselves in a safe environment. Therefore, Dean has and will continue to go above in beyond in giving back to a community in need.
Dean becomes the 200th Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the 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 $10.15 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area.