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Homeless Emergency Project to Receive $50K Community Hero Award From Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik will present $50,000 to the Homeless Emergency Project as the first recipient of a Community Hero Award this year.

Vinny LeCavalier, Steven Stamkos and Marty St. Louis might not be on the ice for the Tampa Bay Lightning because of the NHL lockout, but that won't stop team president Jeff Vinik from keeping a $10 million pledge.

Through the Lightning Foundation, Vinik vowed to honor local difference makers and their charities through the Community Hero Awards by giving millions over a five-year span.

The Homeless Emergency Project will get $50,000 as the first recipient of the award this year Tuesday at the charity's Clearwater campus, 1120 N Betty Lane.

This is the second year of the awards. 

The presentations take place on scheduled Lightning home game dates and will be awarded at the charity location until the hockey season starts.

The Lightning would have faced off against the New York Islanders.

Valerie Nolte October 16, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Thanks to the Lightning for recognizing such a deserving charity. HEP is a shining beacon for the homeless in Pinellas County. Their mission to lend a hand up, not a hand out is followed in everything they do, providing not only shelter but life skills to those who find themselves, for whatever reason, to be without a home of their own. They are truly Community Heroes and well deserving of this award.
PK Parker October 17, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Sometimes quiet acts of kindness and charity are recognized. HEP is doing great work with little fan fair taking care of so many in a time of great need and fewer resources. Vets coming home from our recent wars will find that they do not have to live on the streets because of PTSD but will find a home at HEP. Thanks to the Lightning for recognizing a local community working with the homeless. Best of luck to HEP and wishing HEP more generous gifts.
June Kovac October 20, 2012 at 05:13 PM
It's gratifying to see Tampa Bay citizens step up to the plate to make this World a better place-thank you HEP and Jeff Vinik!
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