Duane Chaney, Financial Advisor at Raymond James in Fort Myers, has been announced as one of three national finalists for the Community Service Award as part of the 14th Annual Invest in Others Awards. Chaney is being honored for his work with the Lee Health Foundation, which will receive a $10,000 donation from the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation. If Chaney wins his category, the donation will increase to $40,000.
The Invest in Others Awards program recognizes the charitable work of financial advisors in communities across the country and around the world. Advisors are nominated for actively giving back to nonprofits to improve their communities and make a difference in the lives of others. Finalists are selected based on their leadership, dedication, contribution, inspiration, and impact on a nonprofit and the community it serves. There are five categories of awards: Catalyst, Community Service, Global Impact, Volunteer of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement.
The Lee Health Foundation raises money to ensure quality health care at Lee Health, a public not-for-profit system in Southwest Florida consisting of four acute care hospitals and two specialty hospitals. Millions of dollars have been raised since the Foundation was started in 1996 and those funds have supported life saving health care for the community. This includes the Golisano Children’s Hospital, which opened four years ago so children could receive specialized pediatric care locally. One of Lee Health Foundation’s most prominent annual fundraising events is Madisen’s Match, a thriving pro-class tennis tournament featuring some of the best tennis players worldwide. The event has grown over the past 12 years to include a gala, live and silent auctions, tennis clinics with the pros, a kid’s clinic and a full pro-class exhibition hosted in a college arena. Madisen’s Match has raised more than $1.3 million for the hospital system’s foundation.
The driving force behind Madisen’s Match is Duane Chaney. In 2008, Duane’s niece Madisen was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at the age of three. Duane decided to use the energy and emotion from this experience to create a fundraising event benefiting the Lee Health Foundation and better equip doctors to fight pediatric cancer. Duane logs hundreds of hours each year organizing the many facets of the event and enjoys connecting with the very children who have benefited directly from the fundraising efforts of events like Madisen’s Match.
The Invest in Others Awards will be presented digitally this year over the course of five days, from Monday, September 21 to Friday, September 25. The video awards presentation for the Community Service Award will be unveiled Tuesday, September 22 at 4:45pm ET on investinothers.org.