While the Tampa Bay Lightning officially have just one championship to their name, the organization, its employees, players, staff, and fans within the community are always champions off the ice.
That was the case Saturday night, as the Bolts hosted the Score For Kids Charity Auction as they took on the New Jersey Devils at the St. Pete Times Forum. The auction, which raised funds for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Tampa General Hospital’s Children’s Medical Center, was broadcast live on CW44.
“We were thrilled once again to partner with Tampa General Hospital on this initiative with the ultimate goal of raising funds for their Children’s Medical Center,” said Kyle Draper, the Lightning’s Vice President of Corporate Partnerships. “This year’s Score for Kids Charity Auction was a huge success surpassing last year’s total donation by more than 50 percent.”
The grand prize, an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2012 NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa, sold for $3,000. A chance to score a trip to the 2012 NHL Winter Classic came in close second for $2,000. Also up for bid was a dinner for four with Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman and Tampa Bay Storm President Derrick Brooks that went for $1,850, as well as a purchase of a round of golf with a Lightning player for $1,250. In addition, one lucky winner took home a package for a New Year’s Eve bash, which totaled up at $1,800.
Notable Lightning alumni, including two-time All-Star Brian Bradley and 2004 Stanley Cup champions Dave Andreychuk and Chris Dingman even got in on the action, as the former Bolts collectively autographed 44 pucks that sold for a total of $1,100.
In all, over the entire course of the night, the Lightning and its fans raised over $11,000, which was then donated to a worthy community cause.
“As an organization, we continue to look for ways to give back to the community,” Draper added. “This is another example of the Tampa Bay community coming together for a great cause.”