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Ann Sather, wife of NY Ranger General Manager Glen Sather, reads weekly to children at a day care in Harlem. Christine Tortorella, wife of Ranger head coach John Tortorella, joined her December 21 to read to the children and donate books, including her new CD – ‘Do Bugs Have Belly Buttons?’ and Ann’s favorite of Christine’s books, ’Annie and Little One.’
Tampa Bay Lightning head coach John Tortorella and his wife Christine, a children’s book author, truly are champions of the Tampa Bay community. On April 5, 2007, The Children’s Home recognized the Tortorellas for their contributions at our Annual Recognition Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tampa.
More than 400 supporters helped honor the couple with the distinguished Helen Ayala Davis Award, named after the late philanthropist and board member who assisted The Children’s Home for many years.
Over the years, the Tortorellas have supported a variety of local organizations that enrich the lives of people throughout the Tampa Bay community. Both personally and in conjunction with the Lightning Foundation, they have focused their unique resources to advance amateur hockey and educational enrichment opportunities for children, along with medical research and treatment for those in need.
At The Children’s Home, the Tortorellas have graciously provided ongoing assistance to ensure that programs are in place to help children who are victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment. They are regular visitors to the campus and have taken a personal interest in the lives of the children who live there on a temporary basis while receiving therapeutic care.
In accepting the award, the Tortorellas spoke of the importance of helping others who have been dealt tough circumstances, particularly children who have suffered at the hands of family members. “It’s heartbreaking knowing these children need to be in a home away from their family,” said Christine Tortorella. “Children need the community to respond to their needs. It draws me in knowing children are out there without parents.”
The Tortorella Family hosted Street Hockey Camp at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. The kids from the Children’s Home, Inc. were coached by John and Dominic on the basics of floor hockey while Christine and Brittany spent time reading to the kids and doing crafts.
Over the years, the Tortorellas have supported a variety of local organizations that enrich the lives of people throughout the Tampa Bay and New York City communities.
Both personally and in conjunction with the NY Rangers Garden of Dreams Foundation and the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation, they have focused their unique resources to advance amateur hockey and educational enrichment opportunities for children, along with medical research and treatment for those in need.
A book and music CD by Christine Tortorella
Do Bugs Have Belly Buttons is a story about a young boy who traps a bug to find out if he has a belly button. Instead, he finds out bugs have feelings and are living creatures to be preserved, too. Will the boy ever find out if bugs have belly buttons?
written by Christine J. Tortorella…
Illustrated by Sally Mohr…
designed by Jen Larcom…
In this musical story, Annie & Little One help each other cope through tough times, reminding each other of the “good things” around them, and especially, the good within themselves. Click Here to read this book now!