8th Annual MarineMax Yacht Gala raises more than $407,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital

Since 2016, the event has raised more than $1.8 million to expand children’s health care in Southwest Florida

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2024) – The 8th Annual MarineMax Yacht Gala raised more than $407,000 at “An Evening Under the Stars” Jan. 12, bringing the total raised since 2016 to more than $1.8 million for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

“We are so grateful for community partners like MarineMax who step up every year to support the well-being of children and families in Southwest Florida,” said Alyssa Bostwick, chief nursing and operations executive at Golisano Children’s Hospital “Their ongoing commitment to supporting the expansion of programs means that area children can receive the care they need close to home.”

At the annual gala under the stars, guests were able to step aboard stunning yachts, enjoy cocktails, dinner and entertainment by DJ Robert McDonald. The event included fabulous live and silent auction items, including a custom designed piece from Mark Loren Jewelry Designs, a 3-night Bimini Bahama’s getaway, and a luxury sunset cruise for 10 provided by MarineMax Fort Myers.

Emceed by Amanda Hall, weeknight anchor at WINK news, guests heard from Bostwick and Emad Salman, chief physician executive at Lee Health, about the newest programs and services underway at Golisano. A Fund-A Need for the hospital’s Little Red Wagon Fund also raised funds dedicated to advancing innovative programs, technologies and services at the children’s hospital.

Located in Fort Myers, the children’s hospital also provides services through pediatric specialty clinics in Port Charlotte and Naples, and innovative programs are integrating lifesaving health care into local schools and homes. The vision is to bring world-class health care closer to every child in Southwest Florida.

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.

About MarineMax Fort Myers
Serving the Fort Myers area for more than 25 years, MarineMax is the world’s largest recreational boat and yacht retailer, selling new and used recreational boats, yachts and related marine products and services, as well as providing yacht brokerage and charter services. MarineMax has over 100 locations worldwide, including 77 retail dealership locations, which includes 31 marinas or storage operations. For more information, please visit marinemax.com/FortMyers.

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. Ranked a U.S. News Top 100 Hospital for Pediatric Cancer, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Nephrology, and Pediatric Urology in 2023, 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. For more information, visit GolisanoChildrensSWFL.org.

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