TC Grad Marcus Fernandez ’00 Honored as TB Lightning Community Hero

Marcus Fernandez-Tampa Bay Lighting
Photo Credit: Scott Audette/Tampa Bay Lightning


The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Marcus Fernandez TC’00 as the 28th Lightning Community Hero this season during the game versus the Calgary Flames. 

Marcus has become a community leader in noteworthy causes. For the past eight years he has served as a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish and has recruited volunteers, businesses and individuals to commit to ongoing support of Make-A-Wish. In just eight years, Marcus’ personal fundraising yielded over $640,000, which has helped fund the wishes of approximately 80 local children with life-threatening medical conditions. 

He has served on the Board of Directors, as Advisory Board Chair, multiple events chair and on numerous committees for the University of Tampa Board of Fellows and the Education Committee for the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce. He has previously been a member of the Tampa Catholic High School Consultative Board, and his family law firm helped promote and support the 2012 Cross & Shield Gala as the Presenting Sponsors. 

Fernandez, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate to Make-A-Wish of Southern FloridaHorse Power for KidsHope Children’s HomeCrisis Center of Tampa Bay, and Feeding Tampa Bay.

Marcus Fernandez becomes the 351st Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the Lightning Community Hero program in 2011-12 with a $10 million, five-season commitment to the Tampa Bay community. Through this evening’s game, in total, the Lightning Foundation has granted $17.65 million to more than 400 different nonprofits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. During the summer of 2016, the Vinik’s announced that the community hero program will give away another $10-million over the next five seasons.



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