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HCBA Presents 2019 Liberty Bell Award to Jeff & Penny Vinik

Tuesday, June 11, 2019  
Posted by: Stacy Williams
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The HCBA awarded the 2019 Liberty Bell Award to Jeff & Penny Vinik, owners of the Tampa Bay Lightning, as part of its annual Law Day luncheon activities at the Hilton Tampa Downtown on May 8.

The HCBA has presented the Liberty Bell Award annually since 1964, which recognizes outstanding non-lawyer citizens whose community service strengthens the effectiveness of the American legal system.

In announcing the award, former HCBA President Carter Andersen recognized the Vinik's support of our community and highlighted the Lightning's Community Heroes Program, which they established. Since its inception, the program has honored 323 Community Heroes and donated $16.25 million through 661 gifts to 438 unique local charities, many of which are legal-related organizations.

In addition to presenting the Liberty Bell Award, the HCBA honored two local law enforcement officers for their service to the community during the past year, and three local high school students for winning the annual Law Week Student Art Contest.

To learn more about the Liberty Bell Award, click here.