The Coast Guard Foundation is delighted to share in the news that one of our most dedicated directors, Ed Ameen, was awarded the Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero Award on Thursday, October 24. The award brings with it a $50,000 grant, of which $5,000 will come to the Coast Guard Foundation.
Ed joined the Foundation board in 2011, and has been a tireless advocate of our mission for the past several years, helping organize the Foundation's Tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard awards dinner in southern Florida.
The Tampa Bay Lightning presented Ed with the award for his invaluable community service throughout the region.
"Ameen has made his presence felt across the Tampa Bay area by his countless hours of dedication and service to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. He has been the Chairman for 33 years and oversees the Board of Trustees and works closely with the chief executive officer. Despite holding a high title, Ameen is often found at one of the houses making notes or taking calls, ensuring people receive the best service possible.
As one of the founding fathers of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay, Ameen cares about each staff member and mentors several board members. He has overseen expansion from one cottage to four houses, making this area one of the largest chapters in the world. Along with Lloyd Horton from the All Children's Hospital, they put together the plan to build the first Ronald McDonald House in the state of Florida. Since those early days, the Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay has cared for more than 42,000 families."
The Coast Guard Foundation is honored to be a part of Ed's award, and we are thankful to him for serving us so well over these past several years. Please join us in congratulating him on such a deserving honor.