The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Steve Yerrid as the 37th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames. Yerrid, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Yerrid Foundation.
Ryan Malone (left) joined Lightning owner Jeff Vinik (right) to present Steve Yerrid with a check for $50,000.
Yerrid believes that giving back is the real essence of life. In 1996, he helped launch a Grand Slam Celebrity Fishing Tournament that has raised more than a million dollars to fight pediatric cancer. For the past 11 years, Yerrid has joined the Lightning to host and sponsor Tampa Bay Fights Cancer Night. He is also the Founder of the Yerrid Foundation which has helped over 250 charities in the Bay Area.
Yerrid had been widely recognized for his work among the community. He has received the Spirit of Hope Award from the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, 2012 Man of the Year by American Foundation for the St. George Children’s Hospital, Golden Kite Award from the Children’s Cancer Center, Community Person of the Year Award from the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, and the Ted Williams Award for Champions of Charity.