A Florida Billionaire Used His Yacht To Rescue Dogs And Deliver Supplies To The Bahamas

While the super-rich can often seem disconnected from real-life issues, it’s always heartening to see wealthy people using their money and other resources for good. Such was the case with Florida billionaire and philanthropist Tom Golisano, who lent his yacht this year to rescue 50 dogs and deliver more than 30 tons of supplies to the Bahamas after the islands were hit by Hurricane Dorian.

Golisano’s yacht, called Laurel, was made available via YachtAid Global, an organization which relies on yacht owners’ generosity to help with disaster relief efforts around the world. According to the Naples Daily News, Laurel moved sanitation kids, food, and water between Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas earlier this month and also helped save the lives of 50 dogs.

“I was very pleased to be able to assist in this global humanitarian effort to help the people and some of the dogs impacted by Hurricane Dorian,” Golisano told the publication.

“Laurel and our incredible crew led by Captain Roy Hodges all did an amazing job bringing essential supplies to the Bahamas and rescuing about 50 dogs who were left homeless when the shelter in which they lived was destroyed. I am very proud of all their hard work. We will all keep the people of the Bahamas in our prayers.”

The 77-year-old, who’s said to be worth more than $3.1 billion as of 2018, made his fortune as the founder of Paychex in the 1970s.

More recently, he became the owner of Greenlight Networks, a fiber-optic internet company, after he sold the Buffalo Sabres hockey team for $189 million in 2011.

However, Tom Golisano has never forgotten about giving back. He’s the founder of the Golisano Foundation, which he says is “devoted exclusively to opening doors to opportunity, changing negative perceptions and stereotypes, and forging unprecedented partnerships to ensure individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have pathways to personal dignity, independence and the best possible expression of their abilities and talents throughout their lifetimes.”

h/t: WHAM

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Written by Jennifer Still