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Lightning’s Jeff Vinik to celebrate 5 years of Community Heroes

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The Tampa Bay Lightning will celebrate five seasons of one of most popular community events in area Sunday night.

Jeff and Penny Vinik‘s Community Heroes will reunite 300 nonprofit organizations, awarded 11.1 million. Mayor Bob Buckhorn and ESPN’s Dick Vitale will be present.

The event is at the T. Pepin Hospitality Center, 4121 N. 50th St.

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