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Lightning’s Community Heroes honor local charities with $200,000 donation

For every playoff round that Tampa Bay reaches, the program will donate $200,000 to local charities.
Center ice displays the Lightning Community Heroes presentation during a February game at Amalie Arena.
Center ice displays the Lightning Community Heroes presentation during a February game at Amalie Arena. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Aug. 11, 2020
Updated Aug. 11, 2020

The Lightning’s Community Heroes program does not stop at the doors of Amalie Arena. Instead, the program will continue to make an impact locally throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The franchise will donate $200,000 to local charities for every playoff round the team advances.

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During the first intermission of the Tampa Bay-Columbus game on Tuesday, the Lightning announced six local non-profits that are striving to promote and enhance social justice initiatives.

Abe Brown Ministries, the Florida Holocaust Museum, Men of Vision, Pinellas County Urban League, Safe & Sound Hillsborough and Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Fund received donations from the Lightning Foundation collectively as the program’s 407th Community Hero.

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The program, which was introduced in 2011-12, has donated $20.65 million to date to more than 750 nonprofits in the Tampa Bay area.

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.