provided to The Santiva Chronicle
SanCap Cares is pleased to announce that Kingfisher Real Estate and Kingfisher Vacations, in tandem, have joined as Corporate Sponsors of the upcoming Island Celebration to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. A live streamed virtual cocktail party/celebration is scheduled for this Sunday, March 28, 2021.
“I am so thrilled to have Kingfisher Real Estate join SanCap Cares as a Corporate Sponsor this year along with Kingfisher Vacations. I am so proud of Phaidra and Jeff as lifelong islanders and business owners who are committed to the community and giving back. We are excited to have their firms stand with us to support Golisano Children’s Hospital,” said SanCap Cares Committee member Valerie Tutor.
For two decades, every spring, the Sanibel and Captiva communities have rallied to support the life changing work at Southwest Florida’s children’s hospital. In this year like no other, SanCap Cares will do that again, though in a social distanced way.
This gala is going to be Sanibel-Captiva’s biggest Virtual Cocktail Party/celebration! Entertainment by The Modern Gentlemen, great food, cocktails, and a few surprises. MudBugs, Sweet Melissa’s, Blue Giraffe, 400 Rabbits, Paper Fig, and the Sanctuary Golf Club are each preparing signature items for a tapas style menu that supporters will receive to enjoy at home or at the Sanibel Community House during the event. Participants can gather with those in their “bubble” & make it a real party as they watch the virtual event on-line!
On the program for the celebration: Music from our favorite group, TMG; special appearances by hospital staff, the “Give-to-Give” online auction, a custom live auction anniversary piece by Congress Jewelers, and a hospital tour by a special hostess, 11-year-old Heidi, a former patient.
This year, SanCap Cares funds will go to purchase a new pediatric and neonatal critical care ambulance. This specialized vehicle is used several times a day to bring young patients to receive the critical care provided by doctors and nurses at the hospital.
SanCap Cares donors contributed to an ambulance 8 years ago, and that unit is still in service. However, after over 230,000 miles and well over 900 trips a year, the hospital needs a replacement.
“The legacy of giving that SanCap Cares has created and continues to foster is like nothing I’ve ever seen,” said Armando Llechu, chief officer of hospital operations and women and children’s services at Lee Health. “The fact that so many on the islands are generous to fulfill our request is amazing. The new ambulance will continue to help save lives and bring hundreds of children to the care they most desperately need.”
SanCap Cares began as a grass roots organization of islanders in 2001. Its mission is to raise money and awareness for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. To learn more about SanCap Cares, visit sancapcares.org. For more information on The Sanibel Captiva Trust Co., visit sancaptrustco.com.