$20 million pledge challenge for Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida

Fox 4 Staff

$20 million pledge challenge for Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida

CREATED Aug. 3, 2012

FORT MYERS, Fla - An anonymous donor is pledging to match $20 million dollars in donations to support the Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida Capital Campaign. 

The donor is challenging the community of Southwest Florida to raise $20 million, which the donor will match dollar for dollar.  The donation period runs from May 16, 2012 to May 16, 2014. 

When fulfilled, the matching gift of $20 million will be the largest single largest philanthropic gift in Southwest Florida history according to the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation. 

"This truly remarkable gift is one that will rewrite the future for the children of Southwest Florida.  The vision of building a world-class children's hospital is now within reach,"says Sharon A. MacDonald, chief foundation officer for Lee Memorial Health System.  "We hope the tremendous generosity of this pledge inspires the community to help build America's newest children's hospital." 

The plan is to build a new state-of-the-art 128 bed pediatric care facility on the grounds of HealthPark Medical Center in South Fort Myers.  The new facility is expected to open in 2016. 

"This generous pledge puts us another step closer to making the new children's hospital a reality," says Jim Nathan, President of Lee Memorial Health System. 

The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida is the only comprehensive children's hospital between St. Petersburg and Miami. 

To make a gift or learn more about the many giving opportunities available, please contact the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation office at 239-343-6950 or visit www.ChildrensHospitalGoal.org. 

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