Trustees of Naples Children and Education Foundation (NCEF), creators of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, presented a $1 million special grant award to the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
Thanks to a $20 million matching-grant challenge by Naples resident Thomas Golisano, the NCEF award brings a total of $2 million in funding to expand the children’s hospital. With this grant, NCEF also becomes a top-five donor.
In recognition of the grant, a community room for meetings and other gatherings in the new hospital will be named for NCEF. NCEF’s support of Collier County children who are served by the children’s hospital began in 2007 when the foundation awarded a grant to help purchase a state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care unit ambulance to transport high-risk newborn babies to the hospital’s regional peri-natal intensive care unit – one of only nine in Florida.
Naples Winter Wine Festival proceeds have helped 150,000 underprivileged and at-risk children since 2001 through grants to 38 children’s charities and collaborative funding of major initiatives including a pediatric dental center and early learning center. Information: (888) 837-4919 or www.napleswinefestival.com.