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6th Annual MarineMax Yacht Gala raises more than $300,000 for Golisano Children's Hospital
Since 2016, the event has raised more than $1 million to expand children's healthcare in Southwest Florida
By: Lee Health Foundation
"We are so grateful for community supporters like MarineMax Fort Myers who partner with us to raise the necessary funds to advance and expand children's services in our region," said Chris Simoneau, chief development, marketing and communication officer for Lee Health. "Real change happens when we work together."
Emceed by Amanda Hall, weeknight anchor at WINK news, guests heard from Armando Llechu, chief officer of hospital operations and women and children services at Lee Health, about the newest programs and services underway at Golisano Children's Hospital. The event offered beverages, catered barbecue courtesy of Texas Roadhouse, and a live auction including attractive packages such as a guitar signed by Cliff Williams of AC/DC, a one-week stay on Boca Grande, and a luxury sunset cruise for eight provided by MarineMax Fort Myers.
A Fund-A Need for the hospital's Little Red Wagon Fund raised $130,000. Donations to the Little Red Wagon Fund are dedicated to advancing innovative programs, technologies and services at the children's hospital. Located at HealthPark in Fort Myers, the children's hospital also provides pediatric specialty clinics in Port Charlotte and Naples. Plus, innovative programs are integrating lifesaving health care into local schools and homes. The vision is to bring health care closer to every child in Southwest Florida.
"It has been MarineMax's pleasure to be part of this vibrant community and to do our part to support the hospital," said Ryan West, principal/general manager of MarineMax Fort Myers. "We are so thankful for our customers and friends who joined us in giving from their hearts to help ensure local families have access to quality care."
Join supporters like MarineMax in the mission to raise vital funds that ensure the children of Southwest Florida receive world-class healthcare close to home by visiting GiveGolisano.org.