11th Annual Golisano Children’s Hospital Fashion Show raises $130,000

The 11th Annual Golisano Children’s Hospital Fashion Show took place on Nov. 10 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs and raised $130,000 to support Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). As the only PICU between Tampa and Miami, it provides care to critically ill or injured children, adolescents and young adults from birth to 21 years old.

“Funds raised will support training, expanded facilities and new equipment at the PICU, including adding eight more PICU beds to meet the growing needs in the community,” said Alyssa Bostwick, chief nursing and operations executive for Golisano Children’s Hospital. “We are grateful for the support of the community to help children experiencing mental health crises, respiratory conditions, drownings, accidents and more who are cared for in the PICU.”

The event included a silent auction, luncheon and fashion show modeled by hospital patients, families, Lee Health leadership and community supporters. Fashion was provided by Trader Rick’s, Chico’s, Dillard’s, Lilly Pulitzer, Jennifer’s, Casual Connections, LuLu Belle and Well Read Department Store. Boutiques that have participated every year since the event started include Evelyn & Arthur, Kay’s on the Beach and Mondo Uomo. Hair and makeup were provided by Felix Andrew Salon.

Sponsors included an anonymous philanthropic supporter and VaNita and Jim Laurito as Presenting Sponsors; Cameratta Companies as Gold Sponsor; Carol Wood and Claire McMahon Team & John R. Woods Properties, Dorothy Daly, In Memory of Marian Niehaus, Kathie and Dave Shellenbarger, Mary and John Howard, Nancy Near and Friends, Stock Development, “In honor of all the dedicated nursing staff and docs” from the Courtnages, Amy Quaremba and Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa as Silver Runway Sponsors; Angie Nichols, Dorcey Law Firm, Genesis Group-Stifel, Kathy and Mike Pratko, Key Private Bank, Picket Fence Appraisals-Don Blake, Sandy and John Adams, Seminole Casino Hotel and Vi at Bentley Village as Bronze Table Sponsors.

Additional opportunities are available to support the PICU and other lifesaving services and programs at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Visit GiveGolisano.org to learn more.

About Golisano Children’s Hospital

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is nationally recognized for the quality care of pediatric patients. Established in 1994, Golisano is the only recognized children’s hospital in Southwest Florida. Named a U.S. News Top Pediatric Hospital in 2022, as well as a 2022 Leapfrog Top Children’s Hospital, Golisano Children’s Hospital serves more than 45,000 patients every year in relation to more than 30 specialty pediatric services such as cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedics and more. Lee Health opened the current hospital building in May 2017 which offers 135-beds and includes comprehensive pediatric services such as a 24-hour pediatric emergency department, hematology-oncology unit, Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center, and Level II and Level III NICU with 70 private rooms.

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