Tom Golisano, the Rochester-area founder of Paychex Inc., will announce Sunday a major donation to the Clinton Global Initiative in advance of the group’s annual meeting in Manhattan.
The Golisano Foundation announced the event today, saying the money — the amount of which was not disclosed — “will enable the expansion of Special Olympics health services offered to individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) – one of the most medically underserved populations in the world.”
Golisano is worth $1.6 billion, according to Forbes, ranking him 298th in the country. He has a son with developmental disabilities, and he has contributed heavily to those causes in Rochester and beyond.
Golisano, who now resides in Florida, also has a close relationship with Clinton. Golisano was an initial major backer of the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005.
Because of Golisano’s support, Clinton visited the Golisano-backed sustainability institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2005 and took in a Buffalo Sabres game — Golisano owned the team.
In the photo above, Clinton was also the RIT commencement speaker at RIT. (from RIT.)