Robert Green and Ellie Paladine crowned Chasco royalty

Robert Green and Ellie Paladine were chosen from 30 nominees as the 2018 King Pithla and Queen Chasco.

NEW PORT RICHEY — Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind held its 2018 Coronation Ball to kick off Chasco Fiesta to raise funds to support the blind babies’, children’s and teens’ programs offered by the Lighthouse.

Robert Green was named King Pithla and Ellie Paladine was named Queen Chasco, according to Lighthouse CEO Sylvia Perez.

Attorney Robert Green, nominated by Trinity Referral Network and Trinity Mustang Athletic League, has devoted more than 20 years to the Teen Court Diversion Program. In addition, he has coached several teams at places that include YMCA of Trinity and Tampa Bay Youth Football League, and he has supported the Pasco Police Athletic League.

Green has been recognized on the Martindale Hubbell Directory of Distinguished Attorneys, Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum.

Other honors include: Expert Network Distinguished Attorney, 2016-18; Outstanding Volunteer Service to Pasco County 6th Judicial Circuit Division Program, 2016 to present; Stetson University College of Law Book Award Sponsorship; Pasco Sheriff’s Office Citizen of the Month, in 1999; Meritorious Service Award from Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, 1989; and S.W.A.T. Service Participation Award from the Pinellas Sheriff’s Office, 1992-94.

Nominated by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Ellie Paladine, is a former teacher and long-time resident of Pasco County. She was a founding member of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, and held various other positions at the foundation. She has been involved in the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida since 1979, and served in many positions.

In addition, Paladine has served the West Pasco Junior Women’s Club; Pasco Pediatric Foundation; American Cancer Society, West Pasco Division; Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco; Premier 1000 of Pasco; Pasco County Medical Society Alliance; and the Florida Medical Association Alliance.

She has also been involved with Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind’s Chasco Coronation Ball Fundraising Committee, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, and Cypress Elementary School. Ellie has earned numerous awards, including Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction and Thanks Badge in 1992 and 1996; Other honors have come from Pasco County Medical Association Alliance; West Pasco Junior Women’s Club and the National Philanthropy Day Award.

Morton Plant North Bay Hospital was the presenting sponsor for this year’s event. Other sponsors included BayCare Health System, Rotary Club of New Port Richey, Kemp, Ruge, & Green Law Group, Rotary Club of Holiday, Hook Law Group, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Havana Dreamers, HCA Medical Center of Trinity, and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

To learn more about the Lighthouse, and to see photos from the 33rd Annual Chasco Coronation Ball, please visit