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Golisano Children’s Hospital Fashion Show Postponed to 2021

Out of an abundance of caution and in the best interest of everyone’s safety, the 2020 Golisano Children’s Hospital Fashion Show has been postponed to November 5, 2021. Check your mailboxes this November for a special message from Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Areas of Greatest Need

The event isn’t happening, but for our children, the show must go on! For more than a decade, we have come together as a community to make a difference for those families receiving lifesaving care at Golisano Children’s Hospital. The needs of our beloved children’s hospital and these little patients haven’t gone away because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we won’t be together enjoying the latest fashions this fall, we can continue our mission.

Little Red Wagon Fund

Golisano Children’s Hospital is a second home to many children and families. However, it actually serves a massive and rapidly growing seven-county region. In fact, the 134-bed hospital treats more than 30,000 young patients per year. And those numbers are expected to rise. Additionally, about 70% of pediatric patients are on Medicaid, which does not fully cover the costs associated with care. Therefore, our community needs The Little Red Wagon Fund. It will help us advance innovative programs, technologies, and services. And that’s how we provide the right care for Southwest Florida children close to home.

Kids’ Minds Matter

The children’s mental health epidemic in our country is a crisis that impacts us all. Your support has empowered Kids’ Minds Matter to make great strides in our community. However, there is still a critical shortage of providers in our community. Additionally, families struggle to pay for the services that are available. Therefore, we need your continued support of Kids’ Minds Matter. It will enable Golisano Children’s Hospital to expand services and programs as well as enhance collaborations and partnerships throughout our region.

Music Therapy

Funded completely by philanthropy, our board-certified music therapist uses evidence-based interventions to address the cognitive, emotional, physical, social needs of children and their families. The techniques help reach medical goals like:

  • Decreasing pain
  • Improving compliance with treatment or medication
  • Improving a family’s overall experience.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

An estimated 1 in 10 babies are born prematurely. And other newborns will need specialized health care because of congenital diseases and other complications. Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the only Level III Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center in our seven-county region. In fact, it’s only one of 11 in the state. It provides the highly specialized, lifesaving healthcare that newborns need. Most importantly, this care is provided close to home. 

Our History

Pelican Landing

In the spring of 2009 – 8 years before Golisano Children’s Hospital opened, five ladies from Pelican Landing toured the Children’s Hospital facility, which at that time was located on different floors throughout HealthPark Medical Center. After their tour, they knew they needed to do something to help seriously ill children and their families.

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Many of the rooms being used for children were in desperate need of refurbishment and needed to be made child friendly. The total cost to accomplish this was $10,100 per room.

Through the Pelican Landing community’s weekly mass email, a request for volunteers was sent out and more than 30 residents responded. The fledgling Pelican Landing Children’s Hospital Support Group was formed.

In their first year, the group raised more than $27,000 through multiple events to help with necessary enhancements to patient rooms.

Later that year, the Lee Health Board of Directors approved plans to build a free-standing Children’s Hospital adjacent to HealthPark Medical Center that would house all children’s services in one location and include growth for additional necessary and innovative services. The capital campaign to raise the $100 million dollars began.

Resident Pat Smart asked the Pelican Landing Board of Directors to approve the Support Group’s commitment to raise $500,000 to name four rooms in the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). To accomplish this goal, the Support Group organized multiple events, including an annual fashion show, golf tournaments, concerts, wine and cheese gatherings and more.

In December 2015, the committee exceeded their $500,000 goal by $125,000 which allowed them to name the four rooms in the NICU as well as donate outdoor play equipment for the Discovery Garden outside the hospital.

While the Pelican Landing Children’s Hospital Support Group raised their goal, they knew the need for support was still great. The committee continues to host the annual fashion show – even after the Golisano Children’s Hospital opened in May 2017.

Dr. Emad Salman, medical director for Golisano Children’s Hospital, told the committee that the hospital’s greatest need moving forward is support for Kids’ Minds Matter – Golisano Children’s Hospital’s mental health fund. With suicide being the leading cause of death for children ages 10-24 and a lack of mental health providers in our region, the committee decided that all future event proceeds will benefit this important fund.

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Previous Event Photos

View photos from recent fashion shows on the Lee Health Foundation Facebook page.


Thank You, Sponsors!

We are so grateful for these organizations and individuals who continued to support Golisano Children’s Hospital this year.


VaNita & Jim Laurito


Angie Nichols


Bill and Pat Smart

Dorothy Daly

Genesis Group – UBS Financial Services

Kathie & Dave Shellenbarger


Dick Niehaus

Gail and Bob Hansen

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa

In memory of Marian Niehaus

Key Private Bank

Nancy Near

Tom Ostrander – Engel & Völkers

Vi at Bentley Village

Wood, McMahon and Jans Team – John R. Wood Properties

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