Every day, we witness acts of kindness, hope inspired, and healing made possible through the generosity of the Southwest Florida community. We are eager to share these stories with you and spread the good news.

Donor Spotlight: Lucy Costa

Lucy Costa, Wally The Green Monster and Trevor Taulman at the 2019 Boston Red Sox Tee PartyAt a recent Lee Health Foundation event, Lucy Costa, owner of Promotional Incentives, Inc., a Boston Red Sox Golf Classic committee member and part of the Little Red Wagon Giving Society, won four tickets to SeaWorld and a hotel stay. Once she realized she was unable to use the package, she decided to donate it to a family at Golisano Children's Hospital. Lucy shared [...]

Lee Health, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Announce New Partnership

A partnership to benefit the children of Southwest Florida has come to fruition as Lee Health and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals team up to help patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Today, Lee Health and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals announced a new partnership that will help fund the growth of services while maintaining nationally recognized care at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Through this partnership, the community can support their local children’s hospital by purchasing a paper [...]

Lee Health Foundation honors Dr. Steve Machiz with Humanitarian Award at its Evening of Gratitude event

Lee Health Foundation has awarded the Frank Haskell Humanitarian Award to Dr. Steve Machiz for his incredible leadership in establishing SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., a nonprofit most known for its annual Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest. Machiz established the nonprofit in 2008, and one year later, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. pledged $10 million to build a new children’s hospital in Southwest Florida. By 2012, they were ranked by Wine Spectator as the third most successful wine festival in the [...]

Tickets available for 10th Annual Golisano Children’s Hospital Fashion Show

Tickets and sponsorships are still available for the 10th annual Golisano Children’s Hospital Fashion Show set for Dec. 6 at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa to benefit Kids’ Minds Matter, Golisano Children’s Hospital mental and behavioral health program. An elegant affair, the event will feature a gourmet luncheon, fashion show and several opportunities to support the regional healthcare priority. Attendees can participate in the silent auction, bidding on items like hotel stays, handbags, artwork, autographed merchandise, social outings [...]

Mayor Henderson and Dozens From the Swfl Community Go Bald During Pediatric Cancer Month

City of Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson joined Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida Chief Administrative Officer Armando Llechu, and dozens of others including doctors and team members, community leaders and influential individuals from Southwest Florida, to have their heads shaved by pediatric cancer patients on Friday, Sep. 27 during the second annual Clips for Cancer event. To raise awareness and drive philanthropic support for local children with cancer, these “hero sidekicks” asked the Southwest Florida community to make donations [...]

Golisano Children’s Hospital Rumrunners’ Celebrity Chef Night raises $110,000 to help children & families in their fight against cancer

The 16th annual Rumrunners’ Celebrity Chef Night raised $110,000 to support Barbara’s Friends, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida’s Cancer Fund, which assists children and their families in their fight against cancer. The popular event, held Aug. 14 at Rumrunners restaurant at Cape Harbour, attracted more than 175 guests and featured culinary creations from local celebrity chefs including Chef Todd Johnson and Chef Ralph Centalonza of Rumrunners, Chef Harold Balink of Harold's Restaurant, Chef Norman Love of Norman Love Confections [...]