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Sanibel-Captiva Cares record check delivered

By Staff | May 9, 2013

CAROL ORR HARTMAN From left, Lee Memorial COO Dr. Larry Antonucci receives the $1 million check from Sanibel-Captiva Cares from Mike and Cannella Mullins; Dorothy Fitzgerald; Sherry Gentry; Amanda Cross; and Lee Memorial's Chief Foundation Officer Sharon MacDonald.

Sanibel-Captiva Cares exceeded all fundraising expectations on April 7 when it posted double the revenue of last year. The sold-out event at The Sanctuary on Sanibel marks the group’s 13th year of generosity for the Goliano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

The $1 million check, delivered to Lee Memorial Foundation chief foundation officer Sharon MacDonald on May 3, is much-needed support for the capital campaign to build a new 128-bed pediatric medical facility on the grounds of HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers.

Thanks to Sanibel-Captiva Cares co-chairs Amanda Cross, Dorothy Fitzgerald and Sherry Gentry, their hardworking committees and the generosity of the Sanibel-Captiva community, the children of Southwest Florida will have a new pediatric ambulance. That’s just the beginning of a long list of wishes fulfilled for the children’s hospital including child defibrillators, parent sleep beds, an in-house infant transporter, Pediatric ICU resuscitation bags and rapid result blood analyzers.

“We all know the phrase it’s better to give than to receive, but the generosity of our islands gives new meaning to this phrase,” said honorary co-chair Michael Mullins, “we couldn’t have been prouder of our involvement.”

This year’s record contribution brings the 13-year total from Sanibel-Captiva Cares to more than $5 million.