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Business Observer Tuesday, Apr. 16, 2013 5 years ago

Hospital gets $1 million gift

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Naples wine festival organizers make a special $1 million grant to Lee Memorial.

NAPLES — The organizers of the Naples Winter Wine Festival awarded a $1 million special grant to Lee Memorial Health System's planned children's hospital in Fort Myers.

Trustees of the Naples Children & Education Foundation presented the award, which will be matched by Naples resident and Paychex founder Thomas Golisano as part of his $20 million matching pledge. The Fort Myers hospital will be named the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida when it opens in late 2016.

The Naples wine festival raised $8.5 million earlier this year for children's charities. The foundation says it has served 150,000 underprivileged children with grants to 38 children's charities since 2001.

You can read about the planned construction of the children's hospital in a recent Business Observer article.

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