Mark Lalli Wins Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero Award

By October 15, 2013 Accolades, Support No Comments
Mark Lalli with Ryan Malone and Jeff Vinik

Mark Lalli was the man of the hour at a stirring ceremony held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on October 10.  During an intermission in a Tampa Bay Lightning game, the camera came to rest on the beaming, poised face of Quantum Leap Farm’s in-house photographer.  He was presented with a $50,000 check to donate to his favority charity. Quantum Leap Farm is thrilled to say, Mark chose us!  The Lightning honored Mark with a stirring video that was watched by the thousands of Lightning fans in the Forum and on television.  Click here to watch and don’t misplace your handkerchief.

Mark Lalli is a participant, in house photographer and volunteer staff member at Quantum Leap Farm. At the Farm, he records the daily triumphs of challenged and disabled colleagues with his trusty camera. He doesn’t want anyone to miss the progress of their recovery. As staff photographer for QLF, Mark uses his talent to capture beautiful and moving images of events we’ve hosted in partnership with our community partners: Wounded Warrior Project, 1Voice Foundation, Special Ops Survivors Foundation and others. Mark’s work appears in almost every piece of promotional material we and our partners produce to raise awareness of our collaborative efforts, advertise to new clients and community partners, and to appeal to prospective sponsors and donors.

As a medically retired service member and a Wounded Warrior, Mark could be content to rest on his laurels. Instead, he mentors other service members recovering from war-related injuries, reaching out through the Wounded Warrior Project, the local VA hospitals, and at Quantum Leap. He is passionate about shaking off stereotypes and is interested in everything. Mark has suited up to play hockey, waterski, and, of course, ride horses. As Mark says, “Every day is an Alive Day.” Actively dating another Quantum Leap volunteer, Mark is pursuing his goals for the future “…to raise a family and be the best person I can be in every aspect of life.”