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Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Makes Major Donation to the Tampa Museum of Art

Exterior photo of the Tampa Museum of Art

Jeff Vinik, the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and his wife, Penny, donated $5 million to the Tampa Museum of Art.

This generous donation will go toward renovations to the museum‘s new education center which opened its doors on May 16.

The education center will be known as the Vinik Family Education Center.

In a release, Penny Vinik said, “The Tampa Museum of Art is renowned for the value of its educational programs and its exceptional support for Hillsborough County students and teachers. We are delighted to advance that good work with this gift and to further contribute to the museum’s mission to educate, engage and inspire Tampa Bay residents and others around the world.”

The Tampa Museum of Art was founded in 1920 and is located in downtown Tampa. The museum is home to one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the southeastern United States. Sculptures, photography, paintings, and new media are also on display at the museum.

The Vinik’s donation is part of the museum’s $100 million Centennial Campaign for Renovation and Expansion.


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