TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Claire LeBouef as the 18th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Montreal Canadiens. LeBouef, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to New Life Village.
LeBouef is the founder of New Life Village, a unique multi-generation community specifically for families who want to adopt children in foster care. The 11.8 acre village dedicates its support to families that want to. In additon to New Life Village, LeBouef created two other organizations: New Life Dwelling Place and Everyday Blessings. These organizations have helped children and mothers who aren't able to take care of themselves by providing residences to teen mothers and babies along with foster children.
Overall, LeBouef's charitable ways have not gone unnoticed through 35 years of service toward victims of child neglect. This year, LeBouef was the inaugural recipient of the Luminary Award by the Junior League of Tampa Bay. She hopes to expand their campus by building larger homes for growing families and family multi-purpose center in the future.
LeBouef becomes the 197th 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 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area.