The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Elizabeth Moore as the 24th Lightning Community Hero this season. Moore, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, presented by Jabil, will donate the money to Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.
A Closer Look at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
Since relocating to Florida 12 years ago, Moore’s positivity impacted several Tampa Bay Area non-profits including the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is a research institution dedicated to conservation and the sustainable use of our oceans. She personally owns and operates an 1,100-acre property near the Myakka River basin and allows students to access her land for environmental research.
Through her advocacy and financial support, Elizabeth has helped restore and outplant more than 100,000 coral, supported critical marine life research and championed S.T.E.M. educational programs to benefit conservation efforts. She’s devoted her life to creating a better tomorrow for our planet earth.
Moore becomes the 435th Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the Lightning Community Hero program in 2011-12 with a $10 million, five-season commitment to the Tampa Bay community. Through tonight’s game, in total, the Lightning Foundation has granted $22.7 million to more than 750 different nonprofits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. During the summer of 2016, the Viniks announced that the community hero program will give away another $10 million over the next five seasons.
More About The Mote Marine Laboratory:
Elizabeth Moore was awarded the Lightning Hero award to donate to the Mote Marine Laboratory. Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit, marine research organization based on City Island in Sarasota, Florida, with additional campuses in eastern Sarasota County, Boca Grande, Florida, and the Florida Keys. Founded in 1955 by Dr. Eugenie Clark in Placida, Florida, it was known as the Cape Haze Marine Laboratory until 1967. The laboratory aims to advance marine science and education, supporting conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. A public aquarium and associated education program interpret its research for the public.
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