TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Scott Fink as the ninth Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Buffalo Sabres. Fink, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate to the St. Joseph's Foundation.
Fink has helped countless children and their families in the Pasco community affected by cancer. He serves as the volunteer leader for Hyundai Hope on Wheels, one of the largest private funders of pediatric cancer research in the nation. Fink leads a group over 800 auto businesses that have contributed $145 million to cancer research. His efforts have aided in the development of an Adolescent and Young Adult Clinic, which helps track the effects of cancer treatment on children.
Through his volunteer efforts, Fink has funded over 1,500 hours for a Patient Navigator to assist families of children recently diagnosed with cancer, created an interactive sensory treatment for hospitalized children to escape from their illness and donated two years of support groups for pediatric cancer patients. Fink began volunteering with St. Joseph's Children's Hospital 13 years ago and has since joined the St. Joseph's Hospital Board of Trustees. He works to provide funding for an immersive healing environment for children suffering from pediatric cancer.
Fink becomes the 377th 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 $18.85 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.