What an extraordinary night at the 4th Annual Kids’ Minds Matter Secret Garden Gala! Through the support of our sponsors and advocates, we raised $2.8 million to help enhance children’s mental health services in Southwest Florida. We are truly grateful to each person who gave from their hearts in support of our mission! Together, we are working to erase prejudice, educate the region, and provide financial support for greatly needed services.

Philanthropic support for Kids’ Minds Matter has allowed Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida to: implement a tiered model of care that clinically aligns community, inpatient and outpatient care; hire additional psychiatrists, child advocates and other mental health professionals; offer Mental Health First Aid training to local pediatricians, emergency service providers and others who work directly with children; renovate an outpatient center in Fort Myers where a child’s needs can be addressed in a therapeutic setting; and launch a first-of-its-kind Pediatric Digital Cognitive Behavioral Health diagnostic and treatment protocols interlaced with Tele-Psychology support to treat anxiety, depression and trauma. Most recently, Kids’ Minds Matter introduced mental health care navigators into Lee County schools who will help families find resources and care to address their child’s mental healthcare needs.

Money raised at the Gala will add additional care navigators in local schools, establish an Autism Testing Center in collaboration with FSU & FGCU, expand mental health clinics and provide counseling sessions for under and uninsured children in need.

Heartfelt gratitude for our generous sponsors:

  • Presenting Sponsors: Dr. Rick and Ellie Klein of Bonita Springs, FL
  • Leader Sponsors: Dorothy and Ron Fitzgerald, Helen and Dan Gerner, Susan Goldy and Scott Spiezle, Audi Fort Myers, Audi Naples, FineMark National Bank & Trust, Fountain 33 Foundation, Fort Myers Florist, Jill Kushner, The Kim Foundation, LeeSar and Stock Development

Thank you to our dedicated committee who worked tirelessly to make this event happen:

  • Albert Abdo, Jeanne Beaulieu, Shavon Chester, Kathy Courtnage, Larry Courtnage, Gillian Draper, Dorothy Fitzgerald, Anne Frazier, Rick Gallo, Susan Goldy, John Halstead, George Hamilton, Tina Keating, Jennifer Parisi, Paul Simeone, Ph.D., Phil Simon, Bill Skidmore, Pat Smart, Scott Spiezle and Laura Tombs

Call 239-214-0898 or email info@KidsMindsMatter.com for more information.

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