News 2019


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

Rochester NY––August 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

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

Rochester, NY––March 25, 2019––A groundbreaking 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

Golisano Foundation Sponsors Global Inclusive Health Forum Convening at Special Olympics World Games

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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

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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 grassroots action for inclusion - Spread the Word. Read more

AADMD, 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 develomental 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, NY––February 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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