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.
Tonight's community hero's life mission is to serve others and she keeps pursuing it to this day. Swain Castle began to volunteer at HEP, where she would help with providing canine-assisted therapy services to homeless veterans who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and other mental illnesses. In addition, she also implanted a wellness program that teaches homeless individuals how to cope with chronic illnesses.
Her charitable efforts has improved the quality of life of those in need throughout the Greater Tampa Bay area. Swain Castle will continue to raise and spread awareness of the benefits of canine-assisted therapy to veterans, decrease the number of homeless within the community and help individuals with chronic illnesses to manage their symptoms.
Swain Castle becomes the 203rd 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 $10.3 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area.