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Tom Golisano and Golisano Foundation Recognized on Forbes' "Philanthropy's Big Bets for Social Change of 2015"

ForbeslogoROCHESTER, NY - December 5, 2016--Tom Golisano and the Golisano Foundation have been recognized among 30 great givers and causes on Forbes' "Philanthropy's Big Bets for Social Change of 2015." Nonprofit advisory firm The Bridgespan Group and Forbes magazine teamed up to showcase some of the largest, most promising philanthropic gifts aimed at solving social problems in the U.S. and around the globe. Read more

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Lee Health Foundation raises $100 million to reach campaign goal for new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida - America’s newest Children’s Hospital

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November 3, 2016- Lee Health Foundation announced that $100 million has been raised to achieve the Campaign GOAL for Children, a five-year, $100 million capital campaign to build the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida to serve children and families from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The new 292,000-square-foot, 128-bed, 7-story tower is scheduled for completion and opening in April 2017. Read more

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Watch – A tribute to Tom Golisano

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Dr. Stephen Sulkes Receives First Special Olympics New York Golisano Health Leadership Award for Advancing Inclusive Health for People with Intellectual Disabilities

October 13, 2016 – Special Olympics New York is honored to announce the selection of Dr. Stephen Sulkes of Rochester, NY as the 2016-17 Golisano Health Leadership Award honoree. The Golisano Health Leadership Award was established in 2016 in partnership with Special Olympics International and the Golisano Foundation, and is given to one of only 32 individuals or organizations in the world who are dedicated to improving the health of people with intellectual disabilities and advancing the health work of Special Olympics. Read more

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Tom Golisano Gives Nazareth $7.5 Million for New Athletic Training Center to Create A Model of Inclusion, Fitness & Wellness


September 21, 2016 – Nazareth College announced that it is receiving the largest gift in the College’s history. Tom Golisano is giving the College $7.5 million for the construction of a $15.5 million athletic training facility that will bring together the strengths of Nazareth College, Special Olympics, and the Golisano Foundation to create a new model of inclusion, fitness, and wellness. Read more

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Tom Golisano and Special Olympics Launch New Golisano Global Health Leadership Awards to Recognize Progress Made Increasing Access to Health for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Awards are Special Olympics highest health honor – Global awards to be presented at the 2017 Special Olympics World Games in Austria

Washington, D.C. – September, 13 2016 – Special Olympics, the largest public health organization for people with intellectual disabilities, announced today that it is launching the Golisano Health Leadership Awards to recognize the extensive work of individuals and organizations around the world who are improving the health of people with intellectual disabilities and advancing the year-round health work of Special Olympics. Read more

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$2 Million Gift from Tom Golisano Caps WXXI’s “Go Public” Campaign for the Future of Public Media


July 20, 2016 – WXXI Public Broadcasting announced today that a $2 million gift from Rochester entrepreneur and philanthropist B. Thomas Golisano helped the station exceed its goal in its multi-year “Go Public” campaign to secure the future of public media in Rochester. Read more

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Memorial, UB Partner to Provide Dental Care at Golisano Center for Community Health -- $50,000 Grant Awarded by Golisano Foundation for Specialized Equipment

Niagara Falls, NY – July 6, 2016 –Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and UPD Dental Associates today announced an important partnership to make dental services available to children and adults with special needs. Comprehensive preventive and restorative oral health services will be provided at Memorial’s Golisano Center for Community Health by UPD Dental Associates, an affiliate of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. A $50,000 grant awarded by the Golisano Foundation to purchase specialized equipment for the delivery of those services. Read more

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Golisano Center for Community Health Opens at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center


Niagara Falls, NY – June 9, 2016 –For care providers, it was the realization of a vision. For the patients it will serve, it was a dream come true.  For everybody who attended, it was a wonderful party. Officials from Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and the Golisano Foundation today celebrated the dedication and blessing of the Golisano Center for Community Health, the only outpatient center of its type in Western New York and one of the very few in the United States. Read more

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New Documentary, 30 Years of Miracles: Tom Golisano and a Legacy of Giving, Premieres April 28 at 8 pm on WXXI-TV in Rochester


April 21, 2016 – WXXI presents a new documentary that explores the extraordinary life of Rochester entrepreneur and philanthropist B. Thomas Golisano. 30 Years of Miracles: Tom Golisano and a Legacy of Giving, airing Thursday, April 28 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV, takes a fresh look at how this self-made billionaire has left an indelible mark on the world around him. Read more | Watch Entire Documentry

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Grand Opening is May 7th of New Exhibit, "In Celebraation of Down Syndrome" at Museum of disAbility


Come to the opening of the new vibrant multimedia exhibit "In Celebration of Down Syndrome" at the Museum of disAbility in Buffalo that opens May 7th. See all the details here. RSVP is required.

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Golisano Foundation Launches 6th Annual Challenge to Spread the Word to End the “R” Word


February 17, 2016 – For the sixth year, the Golisano Foundation is challenging the Rochester community to Spread the Word to End the R-Word™. Read more

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Students with Disabilities Thrive in the BELL Program at Roberts Wesleyan College

February 3, 2016 –At Roberts Wesleyan College, students with intellectual and developmental disabilities discover an environment that fosters their independence and preparation for competitive employment in the Bridge to Earning, Living and Learning (BELL) Program. Learn more about the BELL Program by visiting roberts.edu/BELL

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Foundation Recognizes Six with Move to Include Awards and Honors Grant Recipient Organizations at 30th Anniversary Celebration on October 15th


October 8, 2015 –The Golisano Foundation will celebrate its 30th Anniversary on Thursday October 15th at George Eastman Museum with a presentation of the first ever Move to Include Awards, a dinner reception honoring award and grant recipient organizations and a presentation by renowned photographer Rick Guidotti, creator of the Positive Exposure Photographic Exhibition. Read more

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Ann Costello Has a New Blog on Huffington Post – What Healthcare Can and Should be for People With
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September 28, 2015 – Don't miss Ann Costello's blog in the Huffington Post this week. "We must accelerate our efforts and take Healthy Communities to transformative scale -- with inclusive healthcare for all -- ensuring that people with IDD are not excluded from the healthcare systems within their communities." Read blog

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"Everyone should have an opportunity to be treated with respect. Strong legs run so that weak legs may walk."
B. Thomas Golisano, Founder