TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Kristine Ellis as the 15th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Detroit Red Wings. Ellis, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Dream Center of Tampa.
Ellis came from a tragic childhood, and after learning how difficult it was for her, has dedicated her life to ensuring that others don't have to live through similar circumstances. She has consistently served as an exceptional volunteer in both California and Florida. Besides being one of the Dream Center's most dedicated volunteers, Ellis also donates her time to her church's social programs. Despite working a full-time job, she spends her free time improving the lives of others.
Her dedication to the Dream Center of Tampa has helped young people grow into better adults by showing them how to live an honest life. In addition to coaching youth, she gives kids advice in dealing with life issues and supports them with other daily needs. She often supports them by showing up at their sporting events and helps purchase them clothing. Ellis' passion and presence in the Tampa Bay community is helping make the world a better place.