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.)