Grateful Father Joins Golisano Children's Hospital Board of Directors

April 17, 2002

Todd Levine, one of the newest members of the board of directors at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong, knows first-hand the importance of having the best pediatric services available locally.

Last year, when Levine's wife, Julie, was pregnant, doctors feared the couple's first baby might be born as many as three months early. With special care, though, Julie gave birth on schedule to a happy, healthy boy named Noah. "It was a rough pregnancy," Levine, of Pittsford, says. "In fact, my wife and I used to call Strong our bed and breakfast because we were there constantly. It became like a second home. We're so grateful that our child is healthy. We feel a strong need to give back."

Levine's involvement with Golisano Children's Hospital dates back several years, but he solidified his commitment this spring when he joined its board of directors. This year, he will do some work with the annual Children's Hospital Classic golf tournament and continue his efforts to solidify the hospital's Corporate Campaign. Levine's major emphasis will be on boosting the popular annual Auction Gala in October.

Levine serves as vice president of marketing and sales for Alleson of Rochester, a Henrietta-based sports-apparel manufacturing company that operates under the more recognizable name of Don Alleson Athletic. The company, now a fourth-generation family business, was founded in 1933 by an immigrant cap-maker, Abe Levine, and his son, William Levine. Nestled in the basement of a warehouse in downtown Rochester, the two pioneers started sewing men's caps and apparel with a goal of earning enough money to survive. They had no idea how successful their modest venture would become.

Today, Don Alleson Athletic is the largest manufacturer of in-stock uniforms and apparel. With five plants - three in the United States and two in Mexico - and three distribution warehouses, the company is able to service the world with top-quality game uniforms and practice wear. It is still a family owned and managed business.

Levine learned a great deal about philanthropy from his grandfather, William Levine. "Our family has always had a strong connection with Strong and the University of Rochester Medical Center," Levine says. "My grandfather really set a great example for me about the importance of giving back to the community. I can't think of a better place to do that than Golisano Children's Hospital."

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