Us is a Possibility


The Y is a place of possibility and promise for all. Unfortunately, in times when the true power of “us” is unknown to many and our bonds are fraying, we must do even more to enhance our human connections. That’s why the Y passionately focuses on strengthening communities. The Tampa YMCA recently had the opportunity to showcase how we support kids, adults, seniors and families to more than 500 guests at the Regions Community Impact Dinner. The annual event brings awareness to the Y’s efforts to help kids and families, promote the health and well-being of the Tampa community, and help and give back to our neighbors in need.


This year’s event recognized Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik and his wife, Penny for their dedication and positive impact on Tampa Bay residents. In seven seasons, the Lightning Community Heroes program has donated $15.1 million dollars to more than 400 different nonprofits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. In addition, Jeff and his real estate development company are diligently working on the re-imagining of 50 acres in downtown Tampa. Penny serves on several nonprofit boards and is also an Ambassador for the non-profit, Dress for Success. Over the last two summers, she and Jeff have brought free, interactive art exhibits – The Beach by Snarkitecture and Art of the Brick by Nathan Sawaya– to Tampa Bay.


In addition, former Governance Board Chair Brett Couch was honored with the Red Triangle Award for making lasting and valuable contributions to the Tampa Y. Fifteen volunteers of the year were also recognized by each YMCA center among the crowd full of fellow volunteers, community leaders, elected officials, Y members and friends of the Y.


Many thanks to Regions Bank for continuing to serve as the title sponsor, ABC Action News’ Good Morning Tampa Bay Anchors Deiah Riley and James Tully for emceeing and to all the generous donors in attendance. Together, we empower the community and the “us” who live in them to thrive.


> Watch “Fighting Food Insecurity with Tampa YMCA” video

> Watch “Brett Couch – Order of the Red Triangle” video

> Watch “Jeff & Penny Vinik – Community Impact Award” video

> View Event Photos

Pictured above: Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik (L) accepted the Community Impact Award from Tampa Y President & CEO Matt Mitchell.

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