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Golisano's yacht used to transport dogs and relief supplies in the Bahamas


A yacht belonging to area philanthropist and Paychex founder Tom Golisano has helped provide humanitarian relief to the hurricane-stricken Bahamas.

Golisano’s yacht was used to move about 60 dogs off of some islands in the Bahamas to the mainland and also to transport 30 tons of supplies including water, food and sanitation kits from Nassau to Freeport.

Golisano says his yacht crew was approached by a relief organization asking for the help, and they were glad to provide it.

“They talked to our crew, and our crew said, ‘yeah, we’ll do that!' And they brought the dogs on board in crates and they did no damage to the boat at all; and then we also transported goods back to the islands.

Golisano’s yacht, named Laurel, is 240-feet long. It is based in West Palm Beach, Florida.  He was in the Rochester area when the relief transport was done recently to help those affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.