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2016 Prendergast Child Advocate of the Year Awarded to Cathy Timuta

6/08/2016

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has awarded Cathy Timuta, executive director for the Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida  with the 2016 Prendergast Family Child Advocacy Award in recognition of her passion and commitment to keeping children safe through drowning prevention efforts. Timuta received the award at the Golisano Children’s Hospital Annual Pediatric Conference at Sanibel Harbour Resort  on May 21.  

Every year, in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and the Prendergast Family Endowment Fund host a lecture on child abuse and award a special individual in the community for their commitment to prevention.

“April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It highlights the importance of protecting our children and the role each of us plays within the community” says Kathy Bridge-Liles, Chief Administrative Officer of Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.  “Because of Cathy’s passion and leadership, more than 100,000 babies have had a “healthier start” in life.

As Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee for the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Timuta helped lead the successful efforts to stop $9.5 million in proposed cuts to Healthy Start in 2009.  She is a past President of the Association and helped design a statewide information system for the MomCare program.   As the Florida Medicaid model reformed, Timuta was instrumental in keeping Healthy Start Coalitions funded and under local control.  Currently, she serves on the Expert Advisor’s Committee of the statewide Healthy Start 2.5 Initiative. Locally, she has served on many important task forces, including Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; Infant Death Reviews, Substance Exposed Newborns; Safe Sleep; Teen Pregnancy Prevention; Fit Friendly; the 2nd Trimester Task Force; and she is actively recruiting partners and funding for an Infant-Toddler Resource Center.

Timuta has been the driving force behind the Golden Baby Shoe Awards, which are presented annually to health care and social service professionals who help make a difference for moms and babies in Lee, Collier, Hendy and Glades Counties.

In 2005, Mrs. Eileen Prendergast and her family gave the community “a million reasons” to help children in Southwest Florida when they made a $1 million gift to establish the Prendergast Endowment Fund for the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida’s Child Advocacy Program and the annual Prendergast Child Advocate of the Year recognition. The program features free parenting classes taught in partnership with the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida to prevent child abuse. These classes have touched the lives of over 7,000 parents in the Southwest Florida region. 

Cool Off With Chick-fil-A this June Support Golisano Children’s Hospital

6/01/2016

This June, quench your thirst and help a great cause at the same time.  Lee Memorial Health System Foundation is pleased to partner with Chick-fil-A stores this summer for a worthwhile and tasty promotion.  

For the entire month of June, when you purchase and enjoy a delicious Chick-fil-A Frosted Lemonade, participating Southwest Florida stores will donate $1 per drink to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.  It’s that simple, buy and enjoy a delicious Frosted Lemonade and you’ll help local children receive lifesaving and life-changing hospital care.

You can enjoy this delicious blend of freshly-squeezed lemonade and ice dream at any one of these participating Southwest Florida Chick-fil-A locations:  Pine Island Rd., Cypress Lake Dr., Colonial Blvd., Alico Rd., Estero, Naples Center, Port Charlotte and Coastland Center Mall.

“We thank Chick-fil-A for choosing Golisano Children’s Hospital as a partner in this promotion,” said Skip Leonard, chief foundation officer, Lee Memorial Health System Foundation.  “This effort is especially noteworthy as it includes Chick-fil-A stores throughout Southwest Florida and recognizes the regional nature of the Children’s Hospital – providing care to all children from across our service area.”  

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the only facility of its kind in our area.  A NEW 128-bed Golisano Children’s Hospital building is currently under construction on the grounds of HealthPark Medical Center and is set to open in spring 2017. 

We invite you to stop by Chick-fil-A, pick-up a refreshing Frosted Lemonade and help local children receive vital hospital care at the same time!

For more information about this tasty promotion, please reach out to Jason Powella of Lee Memorial Health System Foundation at 239-343-6065 or Jason.Powella@LeeMemorial.org.

Volunteers Enrich 100 Years of Caring 63-Year Volunteer Still Caring for Patients, Community

4/12/2016

National Volunteer Week (April 10-16) is the perfect time to recognize the vital role of volunteering which has provided invaluable support to Lee Memorial Health System throughout its 100 years of caring people, caring for people.

“Our volunteers are dedicated to improving the quality of care we provide by adding that personal touch and engaging in activities that help meet the needs of our community,” says Jill Palmer, Director of Volunteer Resources and Auxiliary Development at HealthPark Medical Center.  “Their selfless giving plays a huge role in our success. Volunteer efforts touch the community in countless ways and their generosity affects so many lives each and every day.”

Christie Knudsen has been volunteering since 1953 and was part of the charter auxiliary members for Lee Memorial Hospital.  The first year of auxiliary (fundraising volunteers) donations totaled $1,232.  There are now three auxiliaries serving six hospitals and numerous outpatient facilities.  The total number of volunteers and auxilians has grown to over 4,000 men and women and more than $16,000,000 in total donations.  Their selfless giving has been vital to its success; and the personal touch they provide is immeasurable in dollars.  

John Mackenzie, a long-time volunteer from Fort Myers, believes it’s all about the people.  “My favorite of the many positions I’ve held is the front information desk.  It was one of the most challenging jobs.  People are a little uptight to have to come to the hospital, and it’s always a challenge to see if you can make them smile despite the circumstances,” he says.  “I think it’s one of the most satisfying things a person can do.”  

“Volunteering has really been my life.  I’ve made so many wonderful friends and I enjoy helping people in whatever way I can,” says Barbara Miller, 81, an auxilian from Gulf Coast Medical Center.  “I do a lot with the fundraising.  We’re able to give so many gifts for scholarships and to support the hospital in many ways and it feels great, wonderful.  It makes you feel fulfilled, that’s for sure.”  

Collectively, these three volunteers have given more than 100 years of service.  Lee Memorial Health System relies heavily on community support and is fortunate to have thousands of compassionate volunteers and auxilians who are dedicated to furthering the mission of the health system and its commitment to provide the highest quality of care to the people of Southwest Florida.

The health system honored its volunteers by hosting luncheons at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre throughout March.  This year’s annual celebration included lunch and a talent show. Jon Cecil, Chief Human Resources Officer for Lee Memorial Health System, spoke and presented awards, eleven of which went to volunteers recognized for 10,000 hours or more of their time and talents to support the health system.  Volunteer celebrations at the hospitals will continue with various activities throughout the month of April. 

Terri Fox, a 67-year-old resident of Fort Myers, volunteers in the uniform store at Gulf Coast Medical Center and donates platelets at the Blood Center at least twice a month – a two-hour process.  She recently earned the Presidential Award for volunteering over 10,000 hours.

“It’s extremely rewarding,” says Fox.  “I know my platelets are going to help people with cancer and infants in need.  I enjoy meeting the customers in the uniform store and I’ve built working relationships with employees and have enjoyed their company while volunteering in different roles.”

National Volunteer Week is the perfect opportunity to decide how you can give of your time and talents.  Volunteering helps us to make a positive impact and connect us to our community through our desire to help. The biggest reward: the sense of satisfaction one gets from knowing they’ve made a difference in someone’s life or helped to enrich the lives of those within their community.  Taking the time to volunteer can come back to you in surprising ways: 

Volunteering unites a diverse group of people and offers the opportunity to network and build long-lasting meaningful relationships, some of which can change your life.  

Volunteering provides relief from our everyday routine and opens us up to new experiences. 

Volunteering promotes mental and physical health.  


“It motivates you to get out and do things,” says Fox.  “Try different departments to see what you enjoy and don’t be afraid to try because you never know what you’re capable of.  Everybody is so helpful and they always tell you how much you are appreciated.”  

As a not-for-profit public health organization, Lee Memorial Health System does not receive direct tax payer support; making community involvement very important. Volunteer work is a gift to the community and the personal rewards are like no other.  

For more information on how you can make a difference, please call one of the Lee Memorial Health System Auxiliary/volunteer offices:

Lee Memorial Hospital 239-343-2388     HealthPark Medical Center 239-343-5055

Cape Coral Hospital 239-424-2206          Gulf Coast Medical Center 239-343-0636

Third Annual Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial Set for April 11-17 at Cypress Lake Country Club, Golf Event Benefits Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

4/06/2016

The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, in conjunction with the Legends Tour, returns to Cypress Lake Country Club in Fort Myers the week of April 11-17. The 3rd year event will once again be a joint tournament with separate purses for Symetra Tour players and Legends Tour players.  Admission is free for all four days of the event.

Proceeds from the tournament, generously sponsored by Chico’s, will benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Come out and honor the legacy of Patty Berg while helping local kids receive the hospital care they need and deserve.

The Symetra Tour event will begin play on Thursday, April 14 and run through Sunday, April 17. The Legends Tour portion will begin on Saturday, April 16 and conclude simultaneously with the Symetra Tour event.

"The Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial has become a staple in Fort Myers over the last two years,” said Tournament Director Matt Hoover. “The first year with the past greats and the future greats was a success and I’m excited to see all the young stars and all-time greats walk down the same fairways at Cypress Lake.”

The Symetra Tour field will consist of the top 139 aspiring LPGA stars along with twelve of the top players from the Taiwan Ladies Professional Golf Association (TLPGA). The tournament purse for the Symetra Tour portion has grown by $50,000 to $200,000. The winner on the Symetra Tour side will earn $30,000. The Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial is now one of only four tournaments on the Symetra Tour schedule with a purse of at least $200,000.

“The Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial has grown into an event our players circle on the schedule,” said Chief Business Officer Mike Nichols. “The addition of the Legends Tour elevated the event and we hope the relationship continues to foster mentorship for our players, a great stage for women’s golf and an opportunity to pay tribute to Patty Berg.”

The Legends Tour field of 30 players will draw from a dozen LPGA Hall of Famers and 120 former LPGA Tour stars now age 45 and over who compete on the official senior tour of the LPGA. The Legends Tour will play for a $150,000 purse and the winner will earn $30,000. Last year, eight Hall-of-Famers were in the field including Nancy Lopez, Pat Bradley and Betsy King.

“The inaugural combination of Symetra Tour and Legends Tour players last year was a tremendous success,” said Jane Blalock, 27-time LPGA Tour winner and President of the Legends Tour. “We are thrilled to be returning for a second year and commend Chico’s for their innovative vision in bringing the history and future of golf together in this unique event to honor the legacy of Patty Berg.”

The winners will also receive the Chico’s Winner’s Jacket, a black blazer with Chico’s signature leopard print lining. In 2015, Symetra Tour rookie Augusta James coasted to victory while 2-time LPGA Tour winner Laurie Rinker edged Rosie Jones and Barb Mucha on the Legends Tour side. In 2014, Min Seo Kwak won the inaugural event.

Symetra Tour players and Legends Tour players will be paired in the same groups during weekend play. The top 50 plus ties from the Symetra Tour through 36-holes will make the cut and then be paired with the past greats on Saturday and Sunday. 

For more information visit www.chicospattybergmemorial.com or contact Matt Hoover at 239-254-9770 or mhoover@wmgllc.com.

Telemedicine Keeping Babies and Families Closer to Home, New Partnership between Golisano & Nicklaus Children’s Hospitals Cutting Travel for Sick Children

4/04/2016

Thanks to advanced technology and a new telemedicine program between Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami,  some of the most fragile infants now have access to highly specialized genetic services, making it possible for more families to receive care closer to home.

“The ability to have our neonates seen by a pediatric geneticist without moving them - even an inch – is just amazing,” says Kathy Bridge-Liles, Chief Administrative Officer of Golisano Children’s Hospital.  “A 15-minute remote consult provides care quicker and saves an entire family the inconvenience of traveling to Miami for specialty services.  It is an amazing accomplishment and the result of working together to bring the best care possible to our young patients. I am so proud to be part of this incredible team.”

Lee Memorial Health System has developed its own portable telemedicine device which can be moved from room to room.  Physicians from Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami communicate with local physicians about the patient’s care through a secure technology with the advantage of incredibly precise optics. The remote physician can view the patient and see conditions and illnesses close-up, giving them a more detailed perspective than the natural eye can see alone.

Golisano Children’s Hospital physicians are using the telemedicine services in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for genetics and metabolic disease consultation.

“Telemedicine is an example of how technology can benefit people by bringing them closer together,” says William Binder, M.D., neonatologist with Pediatrix Medical Group of Florida who cares for patients of Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.  “It allows the off-site specialist in Miami to come to the bedside, examine a patient and discuss his or her assessment and plan, with care providers and families in a virtual way. It is really very similar to having the specialist in the hospital.”

Narendra Kini, M.D., Chief Executive Officer  of Miami Children’s Health System, parent organization of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, said, “Nicklaus Children’s has made a significant commitment to telehealth technology as a way to share the expertise of our renowned pediatric subspecialists.  We are pleased to support families of newborns in Southwest Florida in accessing our genetic and metabolic disorders team. Our commitment is to be where the children are, and our telehealth program enhances our care reach, enabling us to make a difference for families in neighboring communities and around the world.”  

This type of telemedicine application is a way to bring major-city services to less urban areas. This specialty is particularly well-suited to this application because pediatric geneticists are a rare specialty, and their practices require high population-to-specialist ratios.

Jonathan Witenko, Sr. Business Systems Analyst, Project Manager for Lee Memorial Health System, played a major role in the creation of the telemedicine device.  Subsequently, his own daughter required a neurological telemedicine consult, and couldn’t be more grateful for the collaboration with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.  

“I know personally the massive efforts that were involved in providing this service,” says Witenko.  “To see my own daughter’s care expedited and enhanced by the efforts of so many was an incredible experience and I’m thankful to be a part of a system that truly cares.”

“This is a perfect example of combining technology and human collaboration to extend the reach of top-notch specialty care to all of the children of Southwest Florida,” Binder says. “Golisano Children’s Hospital is demonstrating their commitment to the total care of the children of Southwest Florida through this high-tech collaboration with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.”

“This is the door to our future,” says Bridge-Liles. 

RED SOX EVENTS RAISE OVER $1 MILLION FOR GOLISANO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

3/31/2016

Lee Memorial Health System Foundation announces the 2016 Boston Red Sox Children’s Hospital Celebrity Classic Event Series raised $1,000,309 for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida’s Gift of a Lifetime capital campaign.  The total includes matching support provided by longtime Children’s Hospital friends Jack and Shelley Blais.

The Boston Red Sox again “stepped up to the plate” in a big way to help young patients from across our area by providing unprecedented access to Red Sox players, management, facilities and other support services.  Scores of players took part in the golf tournament and related activities, helping to raise vital dollars for Golisano Children’s Hospital.  This marked the event’s 23rd year.

This year’s event series included the Boston Tee Party cocktail reception and celebrity golf tournament featuring major Red Sox stars – both held at the beautiful Forest Country Club in south Fort Myers in late February – and the annual Diamond Dinner held on the field at JetBlue Park in mid-March.

Hundreds of die-hard Red Sox fans and local residents banded together with the Red Sox to help local children.  Major sponsors included Jack & Shelley Blais, The Boston Red Sox Foundation, The Forest Country Club, Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Storm Smart, Florida Radiology Consultants, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and WebTPA.  Additional sponsorship support was provided by B& I Contractors, TransAmerica Retirement Solutions and CVS Health.

“Once again the Boston Red Sox and our matching sponsors, Jack & Shelley Blais, provided outstanding leadership for this lifesaving event,” said Skip Leonard, chief foundation officer, Lee Memorial Health System Foundation.  “Hundreds of golfers, sponsors, Red Sox fans and Children’s Hospital friends all pitched in to help our young patients.  This generous support will be a huge help as construction on the new Golisano Children’s Hospital continues.”

Scheduled for completion in early 2017, the new Golisano Children’s Hospital building will include 128-beds for the care of local children along with the latest medical equipment and a specially trained team of medical care providers.

To get involved with the 2017 Boston Red Sox Children’s Hospital Celebrity Classic Event Series, please contact Katy Martinez at 239-343-6076 or BostonGolf@LeeMemorial.org.

Mrs. Janet G. Cohen of Naples Pledges $3 Million to Golisano Children’s Hospital

3/23/2016

Guests in attendance at the recent “Wild About Kids” gala benefiting Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida received an extra special “dessert” when Honorary Chairwoman Mrs. Janet G. Cohen stepped forward to announce her $3 million pledge to support the hospital’s capital campaign.

The announcement provided a perfect capstone to the Moroccan-themed event held at the NGALA Private Reserve in Collier County.

Mrs. Cohen’s gift will name the garden area located adjacent to the new hospital building.

The garden will offer patients, family members, friends and visitors greatly needed respite from hospitalization and treatment.  Features will include comfortable seating, tables, a water feature, play structures, herb & butterfly gardens and more; all designed to provide a welcoming environment geared toward promoting healing and well-being. 

“Spending time with the young patients in attendance at Wild About Kids was certainly a highlight and reminded me how important it is to provide this type of comforting garden area,” said Mrs. Cohen.  “When my own daughter was ill, we both drew strength from the beautiful surroundings of a garden area that provided solace and peace during difficult times.”

The new 128-bed Golisano Children’s Hospital building is currently under construction on the grounds of HealthPark Medical Center and is set to open in spring 2017.  The garden represents the facility’s major outdoor design element.

“Providing children from across our region with vital hospital care is truly a noble cause.  It is in that spirit that I decided to make my pledge to support Golisano Children’s Hospital’s capital campaign,” said Mrs. Cohen when asked to reflect upon her donation.  “It is my hope the many young patients and families who use the garden will find it a means to lift their spirits while undergoing treatment.  I take great pride in knowing my actions will result in the creation of a wonderful outdoor space that will help thousands of children lead healthy, happy lives.”

The new garden area will be a welcome addition to the array of unique features offered in the new hospital building and will allow children and their families to take full advantage of our area’s wonderful weather.

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida expresses sincere appreciation to Mrs. Cohen for her leadership, vision and generosity. 

“Janet and Harvey Cohen have been caring donors to vital community organizations in Southwest Florida for decades.  Mrs. Cohen’s generosity through her sponsorship of Wild About Kids followed by this magnificent pledge represents a true investment in the health and well-being of our region's children and their families,” said Jim Nathan, president, Lee Memorial Health System.  “We began our journey to build the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida five years ago.  Mrs. Cohen’s support marks another major milestone in our mission to assure lifesaving and life-changing care while keeping children with complex health needs as close to home as possible.  Mrs. Cohen was clear in her vision that this is all about her love for children today and for future generations. We’re very honored and excited that Mrs. Cohen’s compassion and concern for children will live-on in perpetuity through what is truly a gift that will keep on giving."

GOLISANO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA & JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS TEAM UP FOR MONTH OF GIVING IN MARCH

3/01/2016

100% of Sales Donated on March 30 “Day of Giving”

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is joining forces with four Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants throughout the Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Port Charlotte area for the 6th Annual March “Month of Giving” fund raising campaign. During the month of March, customers can make a donation to Golisano Children’s Hospital at any area Jersey Mike’s restaurant.

The campaign will culminate in Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on Wednesday, March 30, when 100 percent of the day’s sales at Jersey Mike’s locations nationwide will go to more than 120 different charities including hospitals, youth organizations, food banks and more.

On the March 30 Day of Giving, all Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Port Charlotte area Jersey Mike’s restaurants will donate 100 percent of the day’s sales – every single dollar that comes in – to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.  For a list of participating restaurants in your area and for more information on our charity partners, please visit www.jerseymikes.com/mog. Everyone is invited to come in to a local Jersey Mike’s restaurant and enjoy a delicious sub meal. 

“We are excited that Jersey Mike’s Subs has selected Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida to receive proceeds from this wonderful ‘Month of Giving’,” said Skip Leonard, chief foundation officer for Lee Memorial Health System Foundation.  “Generous support from Jersey Mike’s will help us build a new children’s hospital to provide care for thousands of current and future patients.  We are grateful for this partnership and encourage everyone to get involved with this wonderful program, especially on March 30.” 

Last year’s Month of Giving campaign raised $3 million for 150 different charities nationwide and almost $15,000 here in Southwest Florida. Since 2010, Jersey Mike’s locations throughout the country have raised nearly $14 million for worthy local causes and distributed more than 1.5 million free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes.

“I would like to extend a personal invitation to you and your family to visit Jersey Mike’s Subs throughout the month of March, and especially on Day of Giving when 100 percent of sales – every penny – goes to help a great local cause,” said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO, who started the company when he was only 17 years old.

For more information about Jersey Mike’s Subs Month of Giving please visit: www.jerseymikes.com/mog.

Wild About Kids Evening in Morocco

2/16/2016

Saddle up your camel and get ready for an Evening in Morocco as Mrs. Janet G. Cohen serves as hostess for Wild About Kids on Saturday evening, March 12 at the NGALA Private Reserve in Collier County.  This exclusive event benefits Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and construction of a new 128-bed comprehensive pediatric hospital being built on the grounds of HealthPark Medical Center.  The facility is set to open in spring 2017.

Guests will enjoy authentic Moroccan cuisine, up close and personal encounters with exotic animals from across the globe, live entertainment and much more.  Held at NGALA (means place of the lion in Swahili) Private Reserve, a 42-acre retreat in Naples, guests are invited to make this unique setting their very own private oasis for the evening as they enjoy the ambience of a grand tented venue situated in a tropical garden paradise. 

“We are honored Mrs. Cohen stepped forward to serve as major sponsor for this event supporting Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida,” said Skip Leonard, chief foundation officer, Lee Memorial Health System Foundation.  “The evening promises a great time for all those who attend but, most important, it benefits a great cause – providing the finest possible hospital care to thousands of children and families from across Southwest Florida.”

Current sponsors include Mrs. Janet G. Cohen, the honorary hostess; Arthrex; Century Link; 21st Century Oncology; Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti & Rudnick, PL; Jerry F. Nichols; Enterprise Holdings; Stonegate Bank; Boots Tolles; Mr. & Mrs. Ryan VanHorn and Miami Children’s Health Foundation.  Naples Illustrated is the Media Sponsor.

We welcome all on this exotic journey.  For more information and a detailed travel itinerary, please reach out to caravan organizer Melissa Cunningham at Melissa.Cunningham@LeeMemorial.org or 239-343-6071.  Sponsorships, tables and tickets are still available.

Boston Red Sox Events on Feb. 25 & 26 Benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital - Boston Celtics Legend Sam Jones Set to Attend

2/15/2016

Lee Memorial Health System Foundation is pleased to announce NBA Legend Sam Jones is scheduled to take part in the 2016 Boston Red Sox Children’s Hospital Celebrity Classic Event Series on Feb. 25 & 26 at the beautiful Forest Country Club in south Fort Myers.  Jones, a Boston Celtics Legend, joins scores of Boston Red Sox players, legends, management and coaches as part of this annual fund raiser for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.  Proceeds, matched by a longtime Children’s Hospital supporter, will be used to build and equip a new children’s hospital facility set to open in spring 2017.

Jones plans to attend the kick-off “Wizard of Oz” themed Boston Tee Party on Thursday evening, Feb. 25 and is also set to golf in the tournament the following day, Feb. 26, at The Forest. 

Called "Mr. Clutch" by many of his peers, Sam Jones was one of the linchpins of the fabulous Boston Celtics juggernaut of the 1950s and 1960s. His uncannily accurate bank shots, lightning quickness, and cool demeanor helped the Celtics win 10 NBA Championships in the 12 years he played with the team. During his career, Jones racked up 15,411 points at a 17.7 points per game clip, and shot .803 from the free-throw line. Selected to the All-NBA Second Team three times and an All-Star five times, he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984 and voted one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.

“We appreciate the overwhelming outpouring of support the Red Sox organization always extends to our event series,” said Skip Leonard, chief foundation officer, Lee Memorial Health System Foundation.  “Their support, and the knowledge that the event helps so many children, encourages many celebrities – such as Celtics Legend Sam Jones – to come out and give their all for Golisano Children’s Hospital.  We are truly fortunate to have this wonderful partnership with the Red Sox and celebrities such as Sam Jones.”

Reservations are required for the Tee Party on Feb. 25 with tickets just $50 per person.  The event includes wonderful food and drink as well as the chance to bid on and take home outstanding auction packages including a special Fenway Park “Green Monster” experience likely to be the highlight of any baseball fan’s life.  One-of-a-kind dining and travel experiences, along with signed sports memorabilia, will round out the evening’s auction lots.  Fans can also take part in a chance drawing for two tickets to anywhere JetBlue flies. 

A limited number of golf spots for Feb. 26 are still available but going fast.  Learn more and make your Tee Party or golf reservation by emailing BostonGolf@LeeMemorial.org, calling 239-343-6076 or visiting www.LeeMemorial.org/go/RedSox today.  Don’t miss out on the fun!