Kashman receives Tabor award
A Lee Health officer has received the Cape Coral Community Foundation’s top honor, the Elmer Tabor Award.
Scott Kashman, Chief Acute Care Officer at Lee Health, was honored for his outstanding philanthropy in the community and leadership that inspires other to be generous. The Generous Cape reception, held Thursday at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, celebrates the accomplishments of those who give back.
“This is a huge honor and completely unexpected. Cape Coral has embraced me and my family since we moved here,” Kashman said. “We wanted to focus on a shared vision of a healthier Cape Coral and Southwest Florida. The community has rallied around the work we have done.”
The other nominees were Elaine Green, E. Howard Grossman, Brad Middaugh, Karen Scott and Gloria Tate, who on Tuesday won the Burton Award for citizenship, presented by the Board of County Commissioners.
Kashman came to Cape Coral in August 2011 to become chief administrative officer at Cape Coral Hospital before assuming his current position in January 2017.
Kashman said he thought Tate would win for her work in the community that has lasted as long as the community itself. Tate said there are plenty of awards to go around to the many who give back.
“Scott’s done a great job taking Cape Coral Hospital from where it was to a great hospital,” Tate said. “It’s great honor to be nominated. Elmer Tabor is someone I grew up with and who I look up to and desire to walk in his shoes.”
Karen Scott said it was an honor to be nominated and that the foundation is doing things that are necessary to make Cape Coral a better place.
“The mark of true success is when you can give and you don’t care who gets the credit because it’s about helping people,” said Scott, who has started an organization in North Fort Myers that helps keep together foster siblings who have faced poverty, abuse and neglect in foster homes.
Michael Chatman, president and CEO of the foundation, said the idea of the event is to celebrate generosity citywide with donors and professional advisors the great year the foundation has had, which was full of firsts.
“We gave about $125,000 in collective grants to non-profits. We launched our EMPY Awards which celebrates non-profit excellence and our Power Players event, and we had our first ever Florida event fundraising conference,” Chatman said.
The event also featured numerous grants given to non-profits including the American Military Veterans Foundation, ECHO, Hope by Song, the Cape Coral Animal Shelter, Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida, Water’s Edge Church, Golisano Children’s Hospital, Cape Coral Historical Society & Museum and Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida.