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1178802 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2011-07-04 20:17:46.0 UTC 2011-07-04T16:17:46.000-04:00 tampa-bay-lightning-owner-vinik-pledges-50000-per-home-game-to-nonprofits Published 2011-07-05 01:42:37.0 UTC 2011-07-04T21:42:37.000-04:00 news/humaninterest DTI 78140373 Sometime during the Lightning's home opener, a collage of faces will appear on the scoreboard, eventually forming a Lightning bolt. Stirring music will play in the background. A compelling video will follow, highlighting a person's contributions to a nonprofit and how he changed the lives of many. At the end of the presentation, this "community hero" will receive a check for $50,000 to give to the nonprofit of his choice. And then the Lightning Foundation will repeat this magnanimous gesture at the next home game and the next home game and the next home game. Yes, the Lightning will give a different nonprofit $50,000 at each of 41 home games in the 2011-12 season. I'll do the math for you: That's $2,050,000. The team's new Lightning Community Hero program's big dollars make up just part of the $10 million Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and his wife, Penny, in February pledged to give to local charities. Apparently, that pledge will be delivered with fanfare. "We want something really dramatic," said new Lightning Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Initiatives Elizabeth Frazier. "We want the fans to know it's 'community time.' "We want to celebrate the hero, honor his or her organization and inspire the audience. At the end of that video presentation, we want 20,000 fans on their feet hooting and hollering just like they do for goals." This week the team launched the first of three nominating periods at www.tampabaylightning.com/heroes. Anyone 13 or older can submit an entry, providing a little information about himself and inspiring words about his nominee. Once the foundation receives the nomination, it will contact the hero to share the nominating information and ask to designate a 501(c)(3) that reflects or supports the person's good works in one of seven Tampa Bay counties: Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota. The foundation will appoint a committee of season-ticket holders and local leaders to select finalists. The ultimate selection will be made by the board of directors. More details about the criteria can be found on the website, but it's important to note the rules because the foundation will closely monitor who will get the grant and how it will be spent. These aren't throw-away dollars for a publicity stunt. In addition to the new program, Frazier said, employees will invest 4,000 hours a year in helping nonprofits. They'll do so on company time, thanks to Vinik. The Lightning also will have "All-In" events in which they bring together employees, season-ticket holders and community partners. "I get the joy of giving away $10 million, but it's about more than the money," Frazier said. "It's really about creating a culture within the organization that hopefully goes throughout the community." The goal of leading by example can't be diminished. At a time when some nonprofits worry about their very existence, the Viniks' generosity comes as welcome news. But they can't do it alone. Frazier said the organization won't be afraid to inspire by pulling a few heartstrings. "We don't want a dry eye in the house." Tears of joy are so much better than tears of sorrow. That's all I'm saying. By Ernest Hooper, Metro Columnist Human Interest_News,Hillsborough,News,Pinellas Tampa Bay Lightning owner Vinik pledges $50,000 per home game to nonprofits EHOOPERN 4STB Main dhvrppmxttnp dhvrp Lightning lets heroesshine, help community HILLSBOROUGH, PINELLAS 1 hooper070511.4st Lightning lets heroesshine, help community 2011-07-05 04:00:00.0 UTC 2011-07-05T00:00:00.000-04:00 false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2011/07/04/78140373-tampa-bay-lightning-owner-vinik-pledges-50000-per-home-game-to-nonprofits StaffArticle news,human interest_newsHuman Interest News ArticlesSometime during the Lightning's home opener, a collage of faces will appear on the scoreboard, eventually forming a Lightning bolt.Human Interest_News,Hillsborough,News,PinellasHuman Interest_News,Hillsborough,News,PinellasErnest Hooper 380222 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:40:34.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:40:34.000-04:00 ernest-hooper published 2013-08-13 18:34:57.0 UTC 2013-08-13T14:34:57.000-04:00 Ernest Hooper <p>Ernest Hooper is the East Hillsborough Bureau chief and columnist at the <i>Tampa Bay Times. </i>Hooper joined the <i>Times</i> in 1992 and has worked as a prep sports writer and editor, TV/radio sports columnist, NFL writer, news columnist and unofficial ambassador, representing the <i>Times</i> as an emcee, judge or keynote speaker at hundreds of nonprofit events and civic functions. Hooper added the role of East Hillsborough Bureau chief in 2012. He oversees news content for the <i>Times</i>' regional edition east of Tampa, the <i>SouthShore </i><i>&amp; Brandon Times, </i>and writes two columns a week. His commentaries about family, community issues and political perspectives have helped Hooper connect with readers over the years, but he's probably best known for his signature tagline: That's all I'm saying.</p> Times Columnist/East Hillsborough Bureau Chief writers DTI 33746174 Ernest Hooper is the East Hillsborough Bureau chief and columnist at the Tampa Bay Times. Hooper joined the Times in 1992 and has worked as a prep sports writer and editor, TV/radio sports columnist, NFL writer, news columnist and unofficial ambassador, representing the Times as an emcee, judge or keynote speaker at hundreds of nonprofit events and civic functions. Hooper added the role of East Hillsborough Bureau chief in 2012. He oversees news content for the Times' regional edition east of Tampa, the SouthShore & Brandon Times, and writes two columns a week. His commentaries about family, community issues and political perspectives have helped Hooper connect with readers over the years, but he's probably best known for his signature tagline: That's all I'm saying. <p>Phone: (813) 661-2440</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:ehooper@tampabay.com">ehooper@tampabay.com</a></p> 1 /resources/images/bio-photo/2013/Hooper_Ernest_wp_9982a.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33746174-ernest-hooper AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:40:34.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:40:34.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">ERNEST HOOPER</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Metro Columnist 2288235 2016-08-04 21:25:43.0 UTC 3 Weeks Ago st-petersburg-tampa-approve-700000-for-cross-bay-ferry news/localgovernment St. Petersburg, Tampa approve $700,000 for cross-bay ferry StaffArticle 2290288 2016-08-19 23:19:04.0 UTC 1 Week Ago tampa-bay-times-sells-highlands-today-to-owners-of-sun-coast-media-group news/business Tampa Bay Times sells Highlands Today to owners of Sun Coast Media Group StaffArticle 2289625 2016-08-16 01:09:53.0 UTC 2 Weeks Ago road-work-heralds-start-of-remake-for-part-of-downtown-tampa-by-vinik news/business/realestate Road work heralds start of remake for part of downtown Tampa by Vinik, Cascade StaffArticle <p>Sometime during the Lightning's home opener, a collage of faces will appear on the scoreboard, eventually forming a Lightning bolt.</p> <p>Stirring music will play in the background. A compelling video will follow, highlighting a person's contributions to a nonprofit and how he changed the lives of many.</p> <p>At the end of the presentation, this &quot;community hero&quot; will receive a check for $50,000 to give to the nonprofit of his choice.</p> <p>And then the Lightning Foundation will repeat this magnanimous gesture at the next home game and the next home game and the next home game.</p> <p>Yes, the Lightning will give a different nonprofit $50,000 at each of 41 home games in the 2011-12 season. I'll do the math for you: That's $2,050,000.</p> <p>The team's new Lightning Community Hero program's big dollars make up just part of the $10 million Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and his wife, Penny, in February pledged to give to local charities.</p> <p>Apparently, that pledge will be delivered with fanfare.</p> <p>&quot;We want something really dramatic,&quot; said new Lightning Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Initiatives Elizabeth Frazier. &quot;We want the fans to know it's 'community time.'</p> <p>&quot;We want to celebrate the hero, honor his or her organization and inspire the audience. At the end of that video presentation, we want 20,000 fans on their feet hooting and hollering just like they do for goals.&quot;</p> <p>This week the team launched the first of three nominating periods at www.tampabaylightning.com/heroes.<b> </b>Anyone 13 or older can submit an entry, providing a little information about himself and inspiring words about his nominee.</p> <p>Once the foundation receives the nomination, it will contact the hero to share the nominating information and ask to designate a 501(c)(3) that reflects or supports the person's good works in one of seven Tampa Bay counties: Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota.</p> <p>The foundation will appoint a committee of season-ticket holders and local leaders to select finalists. The ultimate selection will be made by the board of directors.</p> <p>More details about the criteria can be found on the website, but it's important to note the rules because the foundation will closely monitor who will get the grant and how it will be spent.</p> <p>These aren't throw-away dollars for a publicity stunt.</p> <p>In addition to the new program, Frazier said, employees will invest 4,000 hours a year in helping nonprofits. They'll do so on company time, thanks to Vinik.</p> <p>The Lightning also will have &quot;All-In&quot; events in which they bring together employees, season-ticket holders and community partners.</p> <p>&quot;I get the joy of giving away $10 million, but it's about more than the money,&quot; Frazier said. &quot;It's really about creating a culture within the organization that hopefully goes throughout the community.&quot;</p> <p>The goal of leading by example can't be diminished.</p> <p>At a time when some nonprofits worry about their very existence, the Viniks' generosity comes as welcome news.</p> <p>But they can't do it alone.</p> <p>Frazier said the organization won't be afraid to inspire by pulling a few heartstrings.</p> <p>&quot;We don't want a dry eye in the house.&quot;</p> <p>Tears of joy are so much better than tears of sorrow. </p> <p>That's all I'm saying.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:27:17