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Tampa Bay Lightning

2012-13 Hero Class

BRUCE FYFE

Bruce Fyfe was honored as the first Lightning Community Hero of the program's second year. Fyfe, 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 and Morton Plant Mease Hospital.

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BROOKE PASCH

Pasch, who passed away earlier this year, had her parents receive a $50,000 donation on her behalf. The family will donate the money to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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CHELY FIGUEROA

Figueroa received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, and will donate the money to Metropolitan Ministries.

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GUS & FRANCES STAVROS

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Gus and Frances Stavros as the fourth Lightning Community Hero of the year at the Pinellas Education Foundation, located in Largo. The Stavros’, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Pinellas Education Foundation.

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ED ROSS

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Ed Ross as the fifth Lightning Community Hero of the year. Ross, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Community Stepping Stones in Tampa.

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DR. EDIE DOPKING

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Edie Dopking as the sixth Lightning Community Hero of the year at Quantum Leap Farms, located in Odessa. Lightning head coach Guy Boucher attended the event and presented Dr. Dopking with the $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program.

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DON CAMPBELL

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Don Campbell as the seventh Lightning Community Hero during a Feeding Children Everywhere event in Ybor City. Lightning vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman attended the event and presented Campbell with the $50,000 donation which will be donated to Feeding Children Everywhere.

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AUBREY MABREY

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Audrey Mabrey as the eighth Lightning Community Hero of the year at Community Action Stops Abuse, located in downtown St. Petersburg. Mabrey, who received a $50,000 donation, will donate the money to the Community Action Stops Abuse and Hands Across the Bay.

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JAYLEN ARNOLD

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Jaylen Arnold as the ninth Lightning Community Hero of the year at Victory Christian Academy, located in Lakeland, Florida. Arnold, will donate the money to the charity he started himself, Jaylen’s Challenge.

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JANE FORD

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Jane Ford as the 10th Lightning Community Hero of the year this afternoon at Bayshore Baptist Church, located in Tampa. Ford will donate the money to Camelot Community Care.

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CHARLEY RICHARDS

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Charley Richards as the 11th Lightning Community Hero of the year at the Community Assisted & Supported Living Center, located in Sarasota. Richards, will donate the money to Community Affordable Supported Living.

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JOSE AND AMPY SUAREZ

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Jose and Ampy Suarez as the 12th Lightning Community Heroes of the year. The Suarez’s received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and will donate the money to HOPE Youth Ranch.

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CONNOR BRUSESKI

The Lightning honored Connor Bruseski as the 13th Lightning Community Hero of the year. Bruseski, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the All Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Dream Fund.

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CRISHA SCOLARO

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Crisha Scolaro as the 14th Lightning Community Hero of the year. Scolaro, will donate the $50,000 from the Lightning Foundation to Pepin Academies.

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JOHN SYKES AND SYKES FAMILY

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored John Sykes and the Sykes family as the 15th Lightning Community Hero of the year. Sykes, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Police Athletic League.

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ASHLEY RHODES COURTER

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Ashley Rhodes Courter as the 16th Lightning Community Hero of the year. Rhodes Courter, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco, and Eckerd Youth Alternatives.

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Kathy Champion

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Kathy Champion as the 17th Lightning Community Hero of the year. Champion, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Southeastern Guide Dogs.

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Anna Rodriguez

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Anna Rodriguez as the 18th Lightning Community Hero of the year. Rodriguez, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the Joshua House and Crisis Center and the Family Justice Center.

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Kay Dillinger

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Kay Dillinger as the 19th Lightning Community Hero of the year. Dillinger, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Beth Dillinger Foundation.

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Dr. Robert Ettleman

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Dr. Robert Ettleman as the 20th Lightning Community Hero of the year. Ettleman, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Gulf Coast Dental Outreacg.

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ANNIE GODBEE

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Annie Godbee as the 21st Lightning Community Hero of the year. Godbee, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg.

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LEONARD BLACK

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Leonard Black as the 22nd Lightning Community Hero of the year. Black, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Honor Flight - West Central Florida.

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DAVID WRIGHT

The Lightning honored David Wright as the 23rd Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of the February 14th game vs. the Capitals. Wright will donate the $50,000 to PlaySmart.

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THOMAS ATCHINSON

The Lightning honored Thomas Atchison as the 24th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the February 19th game vs. the Maple Leafs. Atchinson, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to New Beginnings of Tampa.

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MARY LEE & REX FARRIOR

The Lightning honored Mary Lee and Rex Farrior as the 25th Lightning Community Heroes of the year during the first period of the February 21st game versus the Boston Bruins. Lee and Farrior will donate the money to Mary Lee’s House.

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BILL JOHNSON

The Lightning honored Bill Johnson as the 26th Lightning Community Heroes of the year during the first period of the February 26st game versus the Buffalo Sabres. Johnson will donate the money to Girls, Inc.

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BARRY & LORI TORMAN

The Lightning honored Barry and Lori Torman as the 27th Lightning Community Heroes of the year during the first period of the during the first period of tonight's game against the Winnipeg Jets. The Tormans, who received a $50,000 donation, will donate the money to Casey's Cookies. 

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ROB SMITH

The Lightning honored Rob Smith as the 28th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of the during the first period of the March 9 against the Montreal Canadiens. Smith, who received a $50,000 donation, will donate the money to Florida Gulf Coast Paralyzed Veterans of America and Disability Achievement Center. 

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DANA POUNDS

The Lightning honored Dana Pounds as the 29th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of the during the first period of the March 14 against the New York Islanders. Pounds, who received a $50,000 donation, will donate the money to The Sustany Foundation and Nature's Academy. 

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DR. SYLVIA CAMPBELL

The Lightning honored Dr. Sylvia Campbell as the 30th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of the March 16 game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Campbell, who received a $50,000 donation, will donate the money to the Judeo Christian Health Clinic and Beth El Farmworker Ministries. 

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ANDRIA ROGERS

The Lightning honored honored Andria Rogers as the 31st Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of the March 18 game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Rogers, who received a $50,000 donation, will donate the money to the Train Up Program (trainupfirst.com), the Ryan Nece Foundation (ryannecefoundation.com) and Starting Right Now (startingrightnow.org).

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WALTER Lamerton

The Lightning honored honored honored Walter Lamerton as the 32nd Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of the March 26 game against the Buffalo Sabres. Lambert, who received a $50,000 donation, will donate the money to the USO of Tampa Bay.

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SYLVIA ALVAREZ

The Lightning honored honored honored Sylvia Alvarez as the 33rd Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of the March 29 game against the New Jersey Devils. Alvarez, who received a $50,000 donation, will donate the money to the Housing and Education Alliance.

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ALLEN GUY

The Lightning honored honored honored Allen Guy as the 34th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of the April 2 game against the Florida Panthers. Allen, who received a $50,000 donation, will donate the money to the Young Life of Tampa, Oasis, Special Connections and Voices for Children Guardian ad Litem.

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NICOLE JOHNSON

The Lightning honored Nicole Johnson as the 35th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the April 9 game against the Ottawa Senators. Johnson, who received a $50,000 check, will donate the money to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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Kim Kuruzovich

The Lightning honored Kim Kuruzovich as the 36th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the April 11game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Kuruzovich, who received a $50,000 check, will donate the money to the LiFT Academy and Best Buddies.

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Patty Parra-Perez

The Lightning honored Patty Parra-Perez as the 37th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the April 21st game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Parra-Perez, who received a $50,000 check, will donate the money to the Family Justice Center, Bay Area Legal Services and the Spring.

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Heather Barrow

The Lightning honored Heather Barrow as the 38th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the April 24 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Barrow, who received a $50,000 check, will donate the money to High Risk Hope, St. Joseph's Foundation and the Junior League of Tampa.

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Bob and Janet Ferguson

The Lightning honored Bob and Janet Ferguson as the 39th Lightning Community Heroes of the year on April 27, 2013. The Ferguson's will donate their $50,000 to the Camp Living Springs at Morton Plant Mease Foundation.

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Charlotte Tollefson

The Bolts honored Charlotte Tollefson as the 40th Lightning Community Hero of the year on site at the Woodlawn Community Academy, located in Clearwater. Tollefson will donate her $50,0000 to the Woodlawn Community Academy.

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Kelly Scott

The Lightning honored Kelly Scott as Community Hero; Faces of Courage, Mason’s Christmas Wish Fund, Northside Baptist Food Pantry, Osceola Middle School Food Pantry and Special Kids set to benefit from donation.

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Hero Eligibility

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Nominate A Hero

Access the Lightning Foundation portal to nominate a community hero. Nomination deadlines are Nov. 15, 2012 and Jan. 15, 2013.