When the new Golisano Children’s Hospital opened in Spring 2017, Katy Martinez had a proud moment. As the director of development for the Lee Health Foundation, she helped complete the massive campaign to build the pediatric facility.

“The Foundation Team was challenged to raise $100 million dollars to build Golisano Children’s Hospital, which we did in less than five years,” Martinez says.

A monumental moment, indeed. But Katy has worked on many other fundraising efforts in her 15 years at the foundation. Barbara’s Friends Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund, Kids Minds Matter and the Boston Red Sox Celebrity Event Series Golf Tournament, to name a few.

Her success can be attributed to her philosophy of perseverance. As she also told us: “A winner never quits, and a quitter never wins. There have been a lot of times when things have gotten stressful. But during those times is your chance to really shine and continue to learn and perform regardless of whatever is going on around you.”

When she’s not working, Martinez enjoys spending time with family, the theatre, movies, music, running outdoors, and taking on various entrepreneurial projects.