Lee Health Foundation honors Dr. Steve Machiz with Humanitarian Award

By: Lee Health Foundation
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Dec. 9, 2019 - PRLog -- 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 country. Since its inception, it has generously donated more than $19 million to Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, making it the second largest donor behind the hospital's namesake, Tom Golisano.

"I was honored to be in a position to bring the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest to life with the support of so many caring and generous people," shared Dr. Steve Machiz. "By being strategic and thinking big, we have proven that when we work together for the community good, we can accomplish anything. There is no greater joy than to see the Children's Hospital standing tall and proud on the campus of HealthPark."

Prior to Machiz' acceptance at the event, a new pledge of $3 million to create SWFL Children's Charities Eye Institute of Golisano Children's Hospital was announced, which will make SWFL Children's Charities, Inc. the largest donor to Golisano Children's Hospital.

The Frank Haskell Humanitarian Award recognizes outstanding leadership in the advancement of quality health care for the citizens of Southwest Florida. The award is named in honor of Frank Haskell, co-founder, with his late wife Betty, of Barbara's Friends – Golisano Children's Hospital Cancer Fund, which was named in memory of their daughter Barbara after cancer claimed her life when she was far too young. For more than 25 years, Frank has worked tirelessly to help local children win their battles with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. At age 90 he is not done yet, raising more than $20 million to date and counting. Previous recipients of the award have included Al Kinkle, Joe Catti, Jim Nathan and Amanda Cross.

The prestigious award was presented at Lee Health Foundation's annual Evening of Gratitude, held Nov. 20 at The Forest Country Club. The formal event thanked more than 350 donors and supporters in attendance for their generosity and unwavering commitment to enhancing health care services within the Lee Health network.

For more about health care advocacy in Southwest Florida and philanthropic opportunities with Lee Health, visit LeeHealthFoundation.org (http://www.leehealthfoundation.org/).

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