Hockey team joins Rays and Buccaneers in backing Pinellas County transportation initiative
TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning has made a $25,000 contribution to the Yes on Greenlight campaign, marking the third Tampa Bay professional sports franchise to support the Pinellas County transportation initiative.
The hockey team joins the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in support of the Greenlight Pinellas referendum, which goes before voters Nov. 4. Each of the three teams has given $25,000 to the campaign, which has raised $774,679.74 as of the campaign’s latest fundraising report, which was released today.
“We are proud to support the Greenlight Pinellas plan, the first step towards a quality regional transportation system for the entire Tampa Bay area,” said Lightning owner Jeff Vinik. “From our visits to other NHL cities, we have seen the value of having a wide range of transportation options, for everything from going to a hockey game to making a trip to the drugstore. The Greenlight plan makes sense, and we are excited to be supporters.”
The latest contributions report, covering the timeframe of August 22-29, listed a total of $51,859.60 in contributions. It also listed significant support from the Pinellas Realtor Association ($10,000), real estate firm Smith & Associates ($5,000), technology company Clever Devices ($5,000), and infomercial producer Sullivan Productions ($2,500).
“Our focus in the campaign is to get the word out about what Greenlight is and how it will provide better transportation for Pinellas County,” said campaign co-chair Don Ewing. “All money raised in the next two months will go straight to outreach efforts.”
A number of campaign fundraising and voter outreach events are scheduled for September and October.
Next week, a grass-roots group called Women Leaders for Greenlight Pinellas, led by Pinellas County Commissioners Susan Latvala, Janet Long and Karen Seel, will hold a fundraising reception to discuss the need for better transportation options.
The event will be held on Tuesday, September 9 at 5:30 p.m., with the program starting at 6 p.m., at The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, 301 South Gulfview Boulevard. General admission tickets are $25, with higher donation levels available. Attendees can register online at https://voteyesongreenlight.nationbuilder.com/executive_women_leaders_reception.
About Yes on Greenlight
The Yes on Greenlight campaign is building support for a November referendum on the Greenlight Pinellas transportation plan. The plan will dramatically improve mass transportation in Pinellas County by dramatically improving bus service and implementing a passenger rail system. The proposed plan will be funded by a tax swap, eliminating the PSTA property tax and increasing transit revenue by increasing the county’s sales tax by 1%. The referendum is up for vote on November 4, 2014. The Yes on Greenlight campaign is funded by the Friends of Greenlight PAC. To learn more, visit voteyesonGreenlight.com.