News 2019

Tom Golisano Gives $3 Million to Establish Center for Special Needs at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital

Syracuse, NYSeptember 27, 2019 – The Upstate Foundation announced today a gift of $3 million from Paychex founder and philanthropist Tom Golisano to establish the Golisano Center for Special Needs at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The center will provide comprehensive, coordinated and scientifically based medical and behavioral care for children and adolescents with all types of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The center will act as the umbrella, creating a framework to increase collaboration resulting in better patient care. The announcement was made by Golisano Foundation Executive Director Ann Costello at the hospital's 10th birthday celebration. Read more

Move To Include Expanding to Indianapolis, Oregon, Southwest Florida, Syracuse and Iowa

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Rochester, NYSeptember 20, 2019 – Public television station WXXI announced today that it will lead a pilot project to expand its innovative Move to Include project to promote inclusion in five new communities across the country. Funded by a $645,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), this 16-month project will scale up the multimedia initiative, developed by WXXI and the Golisano Foundation that combines content production, curation, and engagement to encourage dialogue about disability issues.  Read more

Golisano Autism Center Officially Opens

Ribbon cutting for Golisano AutismCenter

Rocheester, NYSeptember 12, 2019 – Following two years of planning and construction, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today to officially open the new Golisano Autism Center. The innovative one-stop autism hub offers a multitude of educational, social, recreational, and therapeutic supports and services for children and adults. Open 12 hours daily, seven days a week, the Center is a collaborative community of more than fourteen autism service providers, led by founding partners Al Sigl Community of Agencies, AutismUp, and CP Rochester. The new 33,000 sq. ft. building is named for Tom Golisano who along with the Foundation donated $3 million toward the launching of the Center in May 2017. Read more

Operation Topaz - Tom Golisano Donates Use of Yacht Laurel to Provide Disaster and Humanitarian Relief for the Bahamas - Bringing 30 Tons of Supplies and Rescuing 50 Dogs

Laurel Loading Supplies for Bahamas

Ft. Lauderdale, FLSeptember 12, 2019 – Tom Golisano, Chairman of the Golisano Foundation and Paychex, donated the use of his yacht Laurel earlier this week to transport 30 tons of supplies including water, food, and sanitation kits, from Nassau to Freeport, and to rescue dogs following the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian. The rescue effort was conducted Sep 6, 7 and 8th organized by Yacht Aid Global. Read more

Tom Golisano Makes $7.5 Million Gift to Roberts Wesleyan College to Build Innovative New Center – Gift is Largest in College’s History

Rochester, NYAugust 29, 2019 – Roberts Wesleyan College announced today that it has received a gift of $7.5 million from Paychex founder and philanthropist Tom Golisano to build an innovative new Community Engagement Center. The 25,000-square-foot two-story, center will serve as a hub for connection, community interaction and student life resources, as well as a workplace for Roberts’ growing custom training and education programs. Read more

Ann Costello Visits Kenya to See Healthy Communities in Action

Ann Costello Visit KEnya August 2019

Rochester, NYAugust 15, 2019 – Ann Costello visited Kenya in August(13-15) to see the progress of Special Olympics Healthy Communities initiative, which is expanding access to inclusive health for people around the world with intellectual disabilities. Healthy Communities builds on Special Olympics successful Healthy Athletes program focusing on year-round access to health care and wellness. It was launched in 2012 and expanded in 2015 with gifts of $37 million from Tom Golisano and has improved the health of people in Kenya with intellectual disabilities. Read more


Golisano Foundation 2019 Move to Include Award Presented to Dr. Matt Holder

Rochester, NY – May 2019 – Ann Costello, Director of the Golisano Foundation presented the Foundation’s 2019 Move to Include Award to Dr. Matthew Holder, an international leader in the care of individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).The Move to Include award was presented at this year’s annual American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry’s (AADMD) One Voice Igniting Change Conference, which was held in Rochester, NY. Read more

Groundbreaking to be Held Friday March 29 for Golisano Autism Center and UR Medicine’s Golisano Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness Building

Rochester, NY – March 25, 2019 – A ground breaking for the new Golisano Autism Center and the UR Medicine’s Golisano Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness Building will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, March 29 on the Al Sigl Schwartz Family Campus. Read more

Seven are Honored for Championing Global Health Work with Golisano Global Health Leadership Awards

Honorees Announced at Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi by Ann Costello

Abu Dhabi, UAE – March 13, 2019 – The Golisano Foundation and Special Olympics honored seven healthcare organizations and professionals who are on the frontlines of bringing essential and often unprecedented health care services to the most marginalized people on earth, those with intellectual disabilities (ID). Read more

Golisano Foundation Sponsors Global Inclusive Health Forum Convening at Special Olympics World Games to Discuss Strategies to Ending Unjust Health Disparities for People with Intellectual Disabilities

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ABU DHABI, UAE – March 13, 2019 – Prior to the official opening of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 on 14 March, Special Olympics will host a Global Inclusive Health Forum on 13 March. Over 100 global health leaders will come together to ensure community health workers are adequately equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to provide quality health care for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). Participants at the Global Inclusive Health Forum will discuss strategies and good practices and make commitments to fund and support training 10,000 community public health workers from 20 developing nations over the next 3-5 years. Read more

Ann Costello to Address Global Inclusive Health Forum and Present 2019 Golisano Global Health Leadership Awards at Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi

Rochester, NY – March 7, 2019 – Ann Costello, Director of the Golisano Foundation, will address the Global Inclusive Health Forum at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi on March 13 and present the 2019 Golisano Global Heath Leadership Awards to seven honorees. The Forum and Awards will be held March 13 from 9 am.- 12 p.m. (Abu Dhabi time or 1 a.m. - 4 a.m. EST March 13) at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. A press release announcing the honorees will be sent out immediately following the presentation Read more

Pledge to Spread the Word Inclusion

Rochester, NY––February 2019––The Golisano Foundation is once again joining Special Olympics and Best Buddies to Spread the Word. Exclusion and discrimination continue to divide people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are changing that with grass roots action for inclusion - Spread the Word. Read more

AADMD, the Golisano Foundation & Special Olympics Join in One Voice to Reverse the Healthcare Disparity for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Rochester, NY – February, 2019 – The American Association of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry's (AADMD) annual One Voice Conference will be held in Rochester New York, May 10-12, 2019 bringing business leaders and intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) professionals together to ignite change. Read more

Special Olympics NY & Golisano Foundation Announce $265,000 Grant to Expand Unified Champion School Program

Rochester, NYFebruary 14, 2019 – Special Olympics NY and the Golisano Foundation announced a $265,000 grant to support the expansion of Unified Champion School (UCS) programming in the Western, Genesee, and Central New York regions over the next three years. This comprehensive three-component model combines Unified Sports, Inclusive Youth Leadership, and Whole School Engagement to create school and community climates of acceptance and inclusion. Read more

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