For the sixth year, The Salty Crab Bar & Grill located on Fort Myers Beach has held its âRum Bucket Fundraiserâ to benefit Golisano Childrenâs Hospital of Southwest Florida. The fundraiser ran daily throughout the month of March, with the restaurant donating $1 for every rum bucket sold to support vital programs at the childrenâs hospital. This year, all donations were matched by local distillery, Wicked Dolphin, to raise more than $10,000 to support the pediatric neurosurgery program.
âWe truly love our partnership with Golisano Childrenâs Hospital,â said Jamie McElhone, marketing coordinator for The Salty Crab. âThey are a huge part of the community, and we feel honored to have been able to work with such a great cause again this year. Our team worked diligently to raise as much as we could, with staff even making it into a friendly competition to see who could sell the most. The fact that Wicked Dolphin agreed to come on board and match our donation is a testament to what âcommunityâ is all about, and we are truly grateful for their support and generosity.â
JoAnn Elardo, founder of Wicked Dolphin agreed. âIt is always wonderful for Wicked Dolphin to team up with businesses like The Salty Crab to give back to deserving organizations like Golisano Childrenâs Hospital. These businesses know how important it is to support our local community. They give back! Wicked Dolphin is very proud to work with them and benefit this important cause.â
Access to specialty pediatric neurosurgery services is new to Southwest Florida. The pediatric neurosurgery program at Golisano Childrenâs Hospital provides immediate care for children facing complex or serious neurological conditions, so that children donât have to be transported to an out-of-area hospital when seconds count the most. From timely consultations to immediate surgical intervention, Golisano Childrenâs
Hospital has been building its pediatric neurosurgery program to offer comprehensive care for a full range of brain, spine, peripheral nerve, and craniofacial disorders in newborns, children and adolescents. This specialty is coming to life through the generous support of donors and community partnerships.
âWe are incredibly grateful to have such committed community partners such as The Salty Crab Bar & Grill, Beachside Hospitality Group and Wicked Dolphin, who continue to support Golisano Childrenâs Hospital year after year,â said Katy Martinez, director of development at Lee Health. âWith this donation, The Salty Crab Rum Bucket Fundraiser has contributed more than $60,000 over the last six years to meet the evolving healthcare needs of southwest Florida families.â
For more information about opportunities to support world-class health care in Southwest Florida at Lee Health, visit LeeHealthFoundation.org or call 239-343-6950.
About Golisano Childrenâs Hospital
Established in 1994, Golisano Childrenâs Hospital of Southwest Florida has been named a âTop Hospitalâ by The Leapfrog Group for the past three years. It is the only recognized childrenâs hospital between Tampa and Miami. Lee Health opened the new 128-bed Golisano Childrenâs Hospital in May 2017, relocating the childrenâs hospital from the adjacent HealthPark Medical Center. It includes comprehensive pediatric services including a 24-hour pediatric emergency department, hematology-oncology unit, milk lab, Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center, and Level II and Level III NICU with 64 private rooms. Golisano Childrenâs Hospital is proud to have been named Soliantâs 2018 Most Beautiful Hospital in the U.S., a recognition determined by popular vote. For more information, visit GolisanoChildrensSWFL.org.
About Lee Health Foundation
Lee Health Foundation raises philanthropic dollars on behalf of Lee Health, including Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center, Lee Memorial Hospital and Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The Foundation provides financial support for many service areas including the Regional Cancer Center, Lee Health â Coconut Point, The Rehabilitation Hospital, Shipley Cardiothoracic Center, Community Health Clinics and Golisano Childrenâs Hospital Specialty Clinics in both Port Charlotte and Naples. Over the past two years, the Foundation has distributed more than $53 million to Lee Health to support its lifesaving mission. Please visit LeeHealthFoundation.org or call (239) 343-6950 for more information.