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2015-2016 Lightning Community Heroes

Hinks and Elaine Shimberg honored as Lightning Community Heroes

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Lightning Community Heroes: Hinks and Elaine Shimberg

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Hinks and Elaine Shimberg as the 50th Lightning Community Heroes of the year. The Shimbergs, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Straz Center and St. Joseph's Hospital.

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Tom and Linda McEwen honored as Lightning Community Heroes

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 Lightning Community Heroes: Tom and Linda McEwen

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Linda and the late Tom McEwen as the 49th Lightning Community Heroes of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. The McEwen's, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the American Red Cross, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Shriners Hospital and Joshua's House.

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Mayor Sandy Freedman honored as Lightning Community Hero

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Lightning Community Hero: Sandy Freedman

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Sandy Freedman as the 48th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's Game 3 Eastern Conference Final matchup versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. Freedman, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to The Centre for Women.

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Jim and Celia Ferman honored as Lightning Community Heroes

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Lightning Community Heroes: Jim and Celia Ferman

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Jim and Celia Ferman as the 47th Lightning Community Heroes of the 2015-16 season during the first period of today's game versus the New York Islanders. The Ferman's, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the University of Tampa, Meals on Wheels, Moffitt Cancer Center and Florida Aquarium.

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Bob Martinez honored as Lightning Community Hero

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Lightning Community Hero: Bob Martinez

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Bob Martinez as the 46th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the New York Islanders. Martinez, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the University of Tampa, Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa Bay History Center and Hillsborough Education Foundation.

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Tony Colton honored as Lightning Community Hero

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Lightning Community Hero: Tony ColtonTAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Tony Colton as the 45th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the New York Islanders. Colton, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to All Children's Hospital, the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and Sarasota Christian High School.

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Arthenia Joyner honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Arthenia Joyner as the 44th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Detroit Red Wings. Joyner, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Links Foundation, Delta Enriches Life Through Training & Awareness (DELTA), Tampa Heights Civic Association, Florida A&M University Foundation and the USF Foundation.

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Frank Morsani honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Frank Morsani as the 43rd Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's Game 2 matchup versus the Detroit Red Wings. Morsani, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Judeo Christian Health Clinic.

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Monsignor Laurence Higgins honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Monsignor Laurence Higgins as the 42nd Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Detroit Red Wings. Higgins, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Abe Brown Ministries, St. Peter Claver School and Cristo Rey.

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Tod Leiweke honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Tod Leiweke as the 41st Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the New Jersey Devils. Leiweke, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA).

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Debra Paradis Shackowsky honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Debra Paradis Shackowsky as the 40th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Montreal Canadiens. Shackowsky, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Marjorie's Hope, PTA Florida Congress of Parents and Teachers, African American Club, National Association for Mental Illness Hernando and the Free Methodist Church of North America.

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Michael Ferrone honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Michael Ferrone as the 39th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ferrone, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Joshua's House.

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Nikki Rodriguez honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Nikki Rodriguez as the 38th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Florida Panthers. Rodriguez, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to LiFT University and the Disability Achievement Center.

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Lisa Trunzo honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Lisa Trunzo as the 37th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the New York Islanders. Trunzo, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Hannah's Homeless and Terra Nova Club and Resurrection House.

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Alice Buzzetto honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Alice Buzzetto as the 36th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Detroit Red Wings. Buzzetto, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Dress for Success and Van Dyke United Methodist Church.

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Brian Anderson honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Brian Anderson as the 35th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Philadelphia Flyers. Anderson, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Veterans Alternative.

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Merry Lynn Morris honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Merry Lynn Morris as the 34th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Boston Bruins. Morris, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the VSA, USF Foundation and Revolutions Dance.

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Lizzie Dolan honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Lizzie Dolan as the 33rd Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Carolina Hurricanes. Dolan, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to All Children's Hospital and Academy of the Holy Names.

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Dotti Groover-Skipper honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Dotti Groover-Skipper as the 32nd Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Arizona Coyotes. Groover-Skipper, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Underground Network.

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Nicole Marchman honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Nicole Marchman as the 31st Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Winnipeg Jets. Marchman, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Wheels of Success.

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Lynne Knowles honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Lynne Knowles as the 30th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the San Jose Sharks. Knowles, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (NOPE) and Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office (DACCO).

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Connie Going honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Connie Going as the 29th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the St. Louis Blues. Going, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Tampa Bay Innovation Center and Adoption Related Services of Pinellas.

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Tyrone Keys honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Tyrone Keys as the 28th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Nashville Predators. Keys, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to All Sports Community Services (ASCS) and Derrick Brooks Charities.

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Greg Jones honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Greg Jones as the 27th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jones, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Faith Café and the Palma Ceia Challengers.

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Margaret Palmer honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Margaret Palmer as the 26th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Detroit Red Wings. Palmer, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Hillsborough House of Hope and Gracepoint Mental Health Care.

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Christopher Rogers honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Christopher Rogers as the 25th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. Rogers, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Crisis Center.

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Tawny Swain Castle honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Tawny Swain Castle as the 24th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Chicago Blackhawks. Swain Castle, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Homeless Emergency Project (HEP), Dunedin Dog Rescue, PetPal and Project PUPS.

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Dr. Mike and Chris Higgins honored as Lightning Community Heroes

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Dr. Mike and Chris Higgins as the 23rd Lightning Community Heroes of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Edmonton Oilers. Dr. Mike and Chris Higgins, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Hope Children's Home.

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Freddie Moore honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Freddie Moore as the 22nd Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Florida Panthers. Moore, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, Open Café, Sickle Cell Association of Hillsborough County, Dr. Martin Luther King Parade Foundation, Men of Vision, and St. Peter Claver School.

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Sandra Dean honored as Lightning Community Hero

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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.

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Janet Cruz Rifkin honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Janet Cruz Rifkin as the 20th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Minnesota Wild. Rifkin, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Hillsborough Community College Foundation.

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Blake Twedt honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Blake Twedt as the 19th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the New York Rangers. Twedt, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to The Salvation Army.

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Sister Claire LeBouef honored as Lightning Community Hero

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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.

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Jose Garcia honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Jose Garcia as the 17th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets. Garcia, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay.

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Celeste Roberts honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Celeste Roberts as the 16th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Vancouver Canucks. Roberts, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to The Skills Center and I'm a Survivor.

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Cole Eicher honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Cole Eicher as the 15th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Ottawa Senators. Eicher, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the American Cancer Society, All Children's Hospital, Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Because of Ezra Foundation, Grace Lutheran School and the Civil Air Patrol St. Pete Chapter.

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Geetha Kamath honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Geetha Kamath as the 14th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Washington Capitals. Kamath, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to St. Petersburg Free Clinic.

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Alex Cooks Sr. honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Alex Cooks, Sr. as the 13th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Ottawa Senators. Cooks' widow Aimee received the $50,000 donation in his honor from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, and will donate the money to Alex's Xmas for Kids and others.

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Margarita Romo honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Margarita Romo as the 191st Lightning Community Hero over the past four seasons during the first period of tonight's game against the New York Islanders. In total, the Lightning Foundation has granted $9.7 million to more than 300 non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. Romo, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Farmworkers Self-Help Inc.

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Natasha Nascimento honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Natasha Nascimento as the 190th Lightning Community Hero over the past four seasons during the first period of tonight's game against the Los Angeles Kings. In total, the Lightning Foundation has granted $9.65 million to more than 300 non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. Nascimento, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Redefining Refuge and Hoola for Happiness.

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N'Jhari Jackson honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored N'Jhari Jackson as the tenth Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Anaheim Ducks. Jackson, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Boy Scouts of America-Troop 142, Shriners Hospital Haley House, the Paideia School and Children's Home Society.

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Mary Stephens honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Mary Stephens as the ninth Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the New York Rangers. Stephens, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to SPCA.

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Brittany Vanhook honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Brittany Vanhook as the eighth Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Florida Panthers. Vanhook, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Epilepsy Services Foundation.

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Morgan Watt honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Morgan Watt as the seventh Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Calgary Flames. Watt, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Southeastern Guide Dogs.

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Byron Pressley honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Byron Pressley as the sixth Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Buffalo Sabres. Pressley, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Eckerd's Friends of the Children Program and Mount Hermon Community Economic and Housing Development Corporation.

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Jeff Darrey honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Jeff Darrey as the fifth Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Boston Bruins. Darrey, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Trinity Cafe.

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H. Lee Moffitt honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored H. Lee Moffitt as the fourth Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Colorado Avalanche. Moffitt, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation.

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Lester Cypher honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Lester Cypher as the third Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Buffalo Sabres. Cypher, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to The Volunteer Way.

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Daniel Dean honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Daniel Dean as the second Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Dallas Stars. Dean, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Bible Truth Ministries, B.E.S.T., the Evolution Institute and BAYTAF.

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Jose Valiente honored as Lightning Community Hero

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Jose Valiente as the first Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Valiente, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Junior Achievement and the Boy Scouts of America. The Lightning Foundation continues the hero program for its fifth season of a pledge made by Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik in 2010 to donate $10 million over five seasons.

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