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Lecavalier Makes $3 Million Commitment To All Children’s Hospital

Posted Oct 16, 2007 by Aaron Knox

Updated Oct 16, 2007 at 03:30 PM

Lightning center Vinny Lecavalier and his philanthropic corporate partners have committed $3 million over the next eight years toward the construction of the new All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. The money will be earmarked for a 26,500-sq. ft. pediatric cancer facility which will bear Lecavalier’s name: The Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

More than half of the $3 million will be provided from the Vincent Lecavalier Foundation, with money from Lecavalier, Kane’s Furniture and DEX Imaging. The rest is scheduled to be raised through community donations and charity events such as Lecavalier’s annual Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Nov. 12.

For information, check Lecavalier’s foundation’s Web site at www.vinny4.com.

Reader Comments

Por (Josh) on October 16, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Vinny, is the man. He shows true character off the ice, and that he’s not all about the money. He cares about the community, and if anything I think this proves in two years when his contract is up that this is where he wants to play not in Montreal.

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Por (Jack Walworth) on October 16, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Way to go Vinny!
It is great to see an athlete step up and give back to their communities.

Now let’s hope the Bolts step up and sign Vinny for the 8 years that his foundation will be making the payments!

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Por (Jason Harlow) on October 16, 2007 (Suggest removal)

This should be national news, just not local. How often do we turn on the TV to see a pro athlete arrested, killed from drinking and driving, etc.?

This is exceptional news, and I applaud Vinny for doing such a wonderful thing. I would like to challenge other pro athletes to step up to the plate to do the same!

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Por (Chris C) on October 16, 2007 (Suggest removal)

What a Class act he is, especially in these days with steroids and arrests in sports.

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Por (Leah S) on October 16, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Vinnie has been saying that he loves Tampa, and this is where he wants to stay. He is proving it with his actions as well as his words. It is definately time for the team to show the same committment back to him. What a class act, and a wonderful human being. I hope that we will see him retire in a Lightning uniform many years from now, never having played a game wearing another team’s jersey (other than his short stay in Russia). Thanks, Vinnie. As a mother, I must say that it is wonderful to see a young athlete care so much and do so much. What a wonderful legacy to the Tampa Bay community.

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Por (J.B) on October 17, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Best hat trick you’ve ever made,Vinnie.
Way to go…BRAVO!!

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Por (Jeff Chandler) on October 18, 2007 (Suggest removal)

He has shown the Lightning and Tampa of his commitment to the sport and the community. Major kudos to Vinnie. He reminds me of Steve Yzerman with his play and Wayne Gretzky with his dedication. Go BOLTS….I smell Stanley this year…..Believe it!!!

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