November 2007

Sebastian Ferrero Foundation was founded to promote the highest quality pediatric patient care and create a dedicated Children’s Hospital in Gainesville. The Sebastian Ferrero Foundation Board of Directors was established and held their first meeting in early 2008.

December 2007

Sebastian Ferrero Foundation and Horst and Luisa Ferrero urged UF Health to implement an electronic medical record system now achieved hospital wide.

Early 2008

Sebastian Ferrero Foundation worked with UF Health to launch “Condition H,” a helpline that connects patients to a rapid response team of health care providers available 24/7.

Early 2008

A public letter was signed by more than 150 pediatricians and pediatric specialists in support of the Foundation’s mission.

March 2008

Founders Horst and Luisa Ferrero pledged to match $1 million in funds to allocate to a dedicated Children’s Hospital at UF Health.

November 2008

The inaugural Noche de Gala fundraising event sold out, raising $1 million to fund on-going advocacy.

December 2008

Sebastian Ferrero Foundation motivated the University of Florida College of Medicine to incorporate a four-year patient safety curriculum.

September 2009

Former Google technology director Craig Silverstein made a five-year, $5 million pledge to the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation.

February 2010

Sebastian Ferrero Foundation partnered with UF Health to conduct a needs assessment to determine the characteristics and scale a Children’s Hospital in Gainesville would require. The results yielded a shared vision for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

March 2011

UF basketball Head Coach Billy Donovan won the national ESPN Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge and presented a check for $100,000 to the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation.

June 2011

Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Bill Nelson committed to serving as honorary chairs for the annual Noche de Gala fundraising event.

July 2011

The new pediatric emergency room at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital opened.

October 2011

Sebastian Ferrero Foundation donated $1.5 million to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

November 2011

Sebastian Ferrero Office of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety was established at UF Health and began delivering improved life-saving quality care and patient experience.

April 2012

Sebastian Ferrero Foundation hosted the first annual Tioga Car Show fundraiser.

May 2012

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital announced plans for a new entry pavilion and lobby.

September 2012

UF president, Bernie Machen, and wife served as event chairs at fifth annual Noche de Gala , hosted by Silvia and Benjamin León, Jr. with Senator Bill Nelson and Senator Marco Rubio serving as honorary chairs along with regional co-chairs from around the state of Florida.

Early 2013

Renovations began on the façade of the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

April 2013

World-renowned artist Romero Britto revealed his custom sculpture “Tomorrow” inspired by Sebastian and the transformative work of the Foundation. This inspiring piece will welcome children and families into the Hospital and serve as a beacon of hope for pediatric patients, doctors, nurses and staff.

May 2013

Fifth annual “Swim for Safety” event was held, reaching a milestone of over 3,500 local children receiving free swim lessons as part of the Foundation’s commitment to patient safety.

October 2013

Sixth annual Noche de Gala raised a record amount in support of the Foundation. A $1 million donation made by the Pritchett family in memory of Marvin Pritchett, and a $1 million donation from The Brink Foundation.

December 2013

First annual Holiday Toy Drive benefited over 150 local children by partnering with the local Child Advocacy Center in support of the organization’s “Help for the Holidays” program and UF Health’s Child Life program who delivered gifts to pediatric patients in the hospital on Christmas Day.

January 2014

Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit opened at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

September 2014

Sebastian Ferrero Atrium opened at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.