Jerry & Ruth Bell, Community Heroes!!!

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Jerry & Ruth Bell, Community Heroes!!!

Power Couple 2017 Jerry & Ruth Bell were honored on January 10th at the Tampa Bay Lightning game vs the Carolina Hurricanes.  Jerry and RuthFamily and friends convened in the Jabil Suite at Amalie Arena to celebrate the couple.  The couple was awarded the Community Hero Award for the tireless work that they do in the Tampa Bay Community.  Just one of many things that the couple does is giving back to the community in the form of scholarships. They started the Ruth & Jerry Bell Endowed Minority Scholarship at the University of South Florida with a hefty gift of $75,000 and is still going strong.  They have helped over 20 students achieve academic excellence.

The Lightning Community Hero program was created in 2011 by Jeff Vinik as the signature philanthropic program of the Lightning Foundation. Since October of 2011, at every home regular season and post-season game, it has been our honor to recognize grassroots Heroes whose noble efforts make a positive impact of others by awarding them with a Lightning Community Hero award. JABIL has been sponsoring the suite for the Community Hero Award for the past 8 years according to Beth Walters, Sr. VP Communications. Jabil Inc is a US based global manufacturing services company headquartered in St. Petersburg FL. with 100 plants in 28 countries and 170,000 employees world wide according to Wikipedia.

Honorees' rich history of volunteerism and good works are celebrated via an in-game video that illustrates how the Hero is using his or her life to help others less fortunate, and inspires our fans to also use their lives to help make a difference in the greater Tampa Bay community. The Hero is also presented with a $50,000 grant on their behalf to benefit the charities of his or her choice. (from the Lightning website)

captain ryan berg and momOn another note, Captain Ryan Berg of the US Army surprised his mother, Kathy Mandziara at the Lightning game.  Captain Berg has served our country well where his last assignment was in Iraq.  We thank Captain Ryan Berg for his service!

 

Daryl Johnson

Daryl is a retired Plant Mgr from USPS. He has published N-TOUCH News since 1996 and is CEO of Intercultural Communications, Inc. Husband to Tampa Bay Tammy & proud father of 3 beautiful daughters and 1 son (deceased)
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