Lee Health Foundation is thrilled to announce that $100 million has been raised to achieve the Campaign GOAL for Children, a five-year, $100 million capital campaign to build the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida to serve children and families from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The vision for this pediatric center of medical excellence has spanned many years in the planning stages, and the new 292,000-square-foot, 128-bed, seven-story tower is scheduled for completion and opening in April 2017.
During a check presentation ceremony held on Nov. 2 at Lee Health’s HealthPark Medical Center, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. presented a check to Lee Health Foundation for $2.4 million, and pledged another $1 million to meet the campaign goal for the hospital. In total, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has pledged and contributed $16 million to the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
“The mission of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is to advance the pediatric health care in the region, and for the past eight years, this charity has dedicated funds from its annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, towards the new hospital,” said Elaine Hawkins, president of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. “With support from our trustees, event attendees, volunteers and community partners, we proudly represent so many in the community who believe in the power of giving and putting kids first!”
In May 2012, Mr. B. Thomas Golisano pledged a remarkable $20 million matching challenge grant that served as a call to the community to support children’s health care and construction of a new children’s hospital for Southwest Florida. In recognition of the gift, the hospital was renamed Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
“I am overwhelmed with the generosity of our entire Southwest Florida community. The thousands of gifts, regardless of size, coupled with Mr. Golisano’s $20 million matching gift, made the new Golisano Children’s Hospital possible. This is truly the community’s hospital and I am honored to have been part of this extraordinary effort,” said Joe Catti, President and CEO of FineMark National Bank & Trust and Chair of the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida capital campaign.
“This is the hospital that YOU, the community have built,” said Skip Leonard, Chief Foundation Officer, Lee Health Foundation. “Mr. Golisano and SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. contributed lead gifts to the campaign, igniting the community to contribute as well, including children with lemonade stands, local businesses and schools, renowned philanthropists, participants of fishing tournaments and golf events, neighborhood groups and even lottery winners are among the thousands who have contributed, collectively raising $100 million to fund the construction of the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.”