Greg Harris and the Pensacola Ice Flyers Donate $125,000 to Baptist Health Care Foundation
PENSACOLA, FLA. (Oct. 31, 2023) – Greg Harris, owner of the Pensacola Ice Flyers, has made a $125,000 gift to support the new Baptist Hospital campus. The donation, made in honor of Harris’ family back home in Canada and the Pensacola Ice Flyers, is the largest donation to date in the hockey team’s history. The Foundation will name the outpatient pharmacy in honor of Harris’ father, who is a pharmacist, and the oncology conference room in honor of his mother, a cancer survivor. Both are located inside the Bear Family Foundation Health Center.
“After hearing all the stories and the greater impact that the people at Baptist have and opportunities the hospital has in this community, I was in,” Harris said. “To be a part of something monumental is exciting to me. This is not just a community’s legacy or hospital’s legacy, it’s everyone’s legacy who’s a part of it. And now, my family, my Ice Flyers family and all of Ice Flyer Nation are parts of that. It’s truly an incredible honor to have the Harris Family and the Pensacola Ice Flyers on the walls of the new Baptist Hospital.”
Harris became the new majority owner of the Pensacola Ice Flyers in the 2012-2013 season, and the team has since brought home four championships in the Southern Professional Hockey League and a continuous top-three ranking in the league in attendance. Since his ownership, Harris and Ice Flyer Nation have been supporting local nonprofit organizations each season through various fundraising opportunities.
“What is truly humbling is that Greg did not have any formal connections with Baptist before learning about our campaign to support the new Baptist Hospital campus from others in the community,” said Mark Faulkner, president and CEO, Baptist Health Care. “He immediately connected with our Mission of helping people throughout life’s journey. We are excited about this partnership with Greg and the Pensacola Ice Flyers.”
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