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July 27, 2015

$25-Million Gift Backs Special Olympics Health Care Programs

As the 2015 Special Olympics opened Saturday in Los Angeles, the organization announced a $25-million gift from the Golisano Foundation to expand its worldwide health services for people with intellectual disabilities, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle writes. The foundation, launched in 1985 by businessman Tom Golisano, supports groups that assist the developmentally disabled.

Mr. Golisano, a native of upstate New York who now lives in Florida, founded payroll-processing company Paychex and formerly owned the Buffalo Sabres hockey franchise. He donated $12 million to Special Olympics in 2012 to help establish the group's Healthy Communities initiative, which works to ensure access to health care for people with developmental disabilities.