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Fashion show supports pediatric mental, behavioral health

By Staff | Jan 15, 2020

The 10th annual Golisano Children’s Hospital Fashion Show raised more than $119,000 to support Kids’ Minds Matter, the pediatric mental and behavioral health movement in Southwest Florida.

Held on Dec. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, the high-spirited affair attracted over 470 guests and featured a gourmet luncheon, fashion show and fundraising opportunities.

Upon entering the foyer outside the ballroom, attendees had a chance to participate in the auction for chances to win items like hotel stays, handbags, artwork, social outings and more. Another unique fundraising attraction was the flower wall, where guests selected a flower and won a corresponding prize, which included purses, jewelry, picture frames and gift baskets.

More than a dozen models participated in the fashion show, including representatives and physicians from Lee Health, community leaders, as well as current and former hospital patients Kayden and Brantley Sellick, Lucas and Skye Saunders, Arianna Llechu, and Sophia Cameratta. Models sported apparel from 16 local and national clothiers, including White House Black Market, Brodeur Carvell, Dillard’s, Mondo Uomo, Evelyn & Arthur, Gigi’s Children’s Boutique and more.

Residents of the Pelican Landing community created the fashion show in 2010 to coincide with Lee Health Foundation’s launch of a capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art, freestanding children’s hospital. That facility, the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, opened in 2017. For the third consecutive year, the show directed its philanthropy toward mental and behavioral health. Kids’ Minds Matter is the region’s strategic solution to improve access to families seeking pediatric mental and behavioral health services. Guests also supported four Fund-A-Need initiatives: music therapy sessions, teen care packages, behavioral health therapy toys, and the behavioral health center.

Over the past nine years, the fashion show has raised more than $900,000 to support the Golisano Children’s Hospital and its initiatives.