Fort Myers financial advisor receives recognition for philanthropy

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - eTradeWire -- Duane Chaney, financial advisor at Raymond James in Fort Myers, was awarded the Community Service Award at the national 14th Annual Invest in Others Awards. Chaney was honored for founding Madisen's Match, a tennis tournament benefitting Barbara's Friends, the cancer fund for Golisano Children's Hospital. Madisen's Match has raised more than $1.3 million for Lee Health and Golisano Children's Hospital since 2008.

Because Chaney was selected for the award from three finalists, Barbara's Friends will receive a $45,000 donation from the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation. Chaney presented an additional check Wednesday at Golisano Children's Hospital for $40,622.56, which he raised this year from donors to Madisen's Match, despite having to cancel the event due to the pandemic. Chaney also delivered a second "Madisen's Match Tesla," a child-size version of the Tesla Model S wrapped in the Madisen's Match colors and logo purchased using funds from donors to Madisen's Match. The mini electric vehicle will be used by children staying at the hospital.

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"It's invaluable to have a volunteer like Duane Chaney as part of our extended Lee Health Foundation family," said Chris Simoneau, chief foundation and development officer for Lee Health. "He is driven and passionate, not only leading Madisen's Match, but in sharing our mission of excellent health and well-being with the community."

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.

"We've worked really hard to build Madisen's Match to what it is today," Chaney said. "I'm humbled, honored, and speechless. To be considered with this class of advisors and be chosen as the winner for being a person who values giving back to their community is a real honor."

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In 2008, Chaney'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 benefitting Lee Health Foundation and better equip doctors to fight pediatric cancer. Madisen's Match is 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.

For more information about the Barbara's Friends fund and supporting child patients in your community, please call Lee Health Foundation at (239) 343-6950 or visit https://leehealthfoundation.org/donate/barbaras-friends/

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