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SanCap Cares raises $650,000, rocks The Sanctuary

By Staff | Apr 17, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED The 2019 SanCap Cares committee members.

A night of giving and appreciation turned into an all-out concert and dance party as SanCap Cares raised more than $650,000 for pediatric health programs at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

The 19th Annual SanCap Cares Island Celebration focused on giving thanks for the impact the Sanibel and Captiva communities have had in creating a world-class children’s health care center in Southwest Florida.

“Because of you, children’s lives have been saved. Because of you, families have been transformed,” Armando Llechu, chief administrative officer at the Golisano Children’s Hospital, said.

“There is no doubt that Golisano is Sanibel and Captiva’s baby. You helped make that building possible,” he continued. “But it’s more than just a building. It’s about the life-saving programs and services that you have made possible.”

The night at The Sanctuary Golf Club kicked off with a festive cocktail hour, with a variety of food and wine pairings and an opportunity to support the Give-to-Give silent auction. Decorated with Norman Rockwell prints and featuring displays of needed equipment to enhance current programs and services, the Give-to-Give is a popular feature of the event and has helped fund transport ambulances in past years and have now added specialized pediatric wheeled cots to further improve the transport operation. Other featured items this year were specialized “costume” like hospital gowns, sleep sacks, and weighted blankets. More sophisticated items included a lifelike computerized preemie training simulator, arthroscopic surgical instruments, pediatric ophthalmology funding, and support for several mental and behavioral health programs.

PHOTO PROVIDED Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida Chief Administrative Officer Armando Llechu with his wife, Tamara, and Pam and Chris Simoneau, with the Lee Health Foundation.

The event moved into the main dining room for an exquisite plated dinner followed by a brief program by the Golisano team, showcasing the progress the hospital has made in tackling the many pediatric healthcare needs in the community.

But it was the after-dinner entertainment that made the night even more memorable. The celebration shed the usual auction and live cash call, and turned the microphones over to national music act The Modern Gentlemen. The Los Angeles-based quartet performed an hour-long set of hits, while guests danced and sang.

“We remain amazed by how our community has supported children’s health care through all these years,” Valerie Tutor, a member of the SanCap Cares committee, said. “This was a night to say thank you. We changed things up and had a blast. And our guests loved it and supported the mission, and for that, we are grateful.”

The SanCap Cares event is one of the last fundraising events of the season. Started by a group of concerned mothers in 2001, it has raised nearly $16 million for the children’s hospital in its 19 years.

The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company once again served as presenting sponsor.

PHOTO PROVIDED Sally and Al Hansen, of Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, which was the presenting sponsor.

For more information, contact Jeff Muddell at 239-984-0381 or SanibelCaptivaCares@gmail.com.

PHOTO PROVIDED The Give-to-Give setup display workers.