The Lee Memorial Health System Foundation announced last week that the total raised through this year's 21st Annual Boston Red Sox Children's Hospital Celebrity Golf Classic and "Tee" Party, as well as the 17th Annual Boston Red Sox Children's Hospital Diamond Dinner, was $1,016,821. Proceeds are directed towards the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida's capital campaign to fund a new 128-bed pediatric medical facility on the campus of HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers.
The event series included a golf tournament and auction at The Forest Country Club in Fort Myers as well as a "Diamond Dinner," a special evening featuring dinner and memorabilia auction on the field at Jet Blue Park, also in Fort Myers.
In addition to longtime generous matching benefactors, leading sponsors included Scanlon Auto Group, Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Florida Radiology Consultants, PNC Healthcare, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, State Farm Insurance, and WebTPA.
Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell; Boston Red Sox Manager of Florida Business Operations Brett Bodine; Event Series Chairman Ron McEwan; Sponsors Jack and Shelley Blais; Special Event Coordinator for Lee Memorial Health System Foundation Katy Martinez; Lee Memorial Health System’s System Director of Foundation Operations Ken Shoriak; Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida patient and event “Most Valuable Patient” Jarrid Dodge and his brother Jaymmes Dodge; with Boston Red Sox mascot “Wally The Green Monster.' PHOTO PROVIDED.
"Our 21st Annual Boston Red Sox Children's Hospital Celebrity Classic was the most successful series to date. Due to the outstanding work of our General Committee, volunteers, Katy Martinez and her associates at the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation and of course our matching sponsors, we were able to raise well over $1 million," said Event Chairman Ron McEwan. "This achievement is amazing, given the numerous charity events that take place here in Southwest Florida this time of year. We are truly proud of this achievement and hope to carry forward, bigger and better, in 2015."
Lee Memorial Health System's Chief Foundation Officer Sharon A. MacDonald said: "We are truly grateful to the Boston Red Sox, The Forest Country Club and the wonderful committee who helped raise this record total. The funds will help us realize our dream of providing lifesaving medical care to all Southwest Florida children and their families, close to home."