Broward Health Foundation

Blooming into action
March, 2013
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Spring has arrived, and with it a sense of occasion and purpose. On Saturday, April 6, the Broward Health Foundation will host its inaugural Broward Health Ball, a floral-themed, black-tie gala that will raise money for Broward Health hospitals and services.

Promising a night of mystique, the Broward Health Ball will feature exquisite floral designs, epicurean delights and captivating music that will lead everyone onto the grand ballroom dance floor at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.  

“It will be an event that tempts all the senses,” said Traci Allyn Shur, director of foundation operations.

In a great show of support, more than 600 guests are expected at this spectacular evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. And many community leaders and companies will be in attendance, including Ryan and Lauren Tannehill, Rick and Rita Case, Aramark Healthcare, Pediatrix Medical Group, Northwestern Mutual, True Health and 21st Century Oncology. 

Dennis Stefanacci, president of the Broward Health Foundation said, “The Broward Health Ball is a unique opportunity for our neighbors to support Broward Health while attending what promises to be one of the region’s finest social events this year.  Everything will be first class, and the event promises to be a fun time for all.”

While the Broward Health Foundation has hosted formal fundraising events in the past, this will be the first black tie gala that benefits the entire Broward Health hospital system, rather than one particular initiative or hospital.  

“We are excited to bring all of the hospitals together for this inaugural, community-wide fundraising event,” said Robert Birdsong, Broward Health Foundation board member and event committee member.  “It will be a spectacular evening and raise much needed funds for Broward Health.”

The Broward Health Ball hopes to raise $450,000. Proceeds will be directed toward initiatives at many of Broward Health’s hospitals and facilities, including the Memory Disorder Center at Broward Health North and the neonatal intensive care unit at Chris Evert Children’s Hospital. Funds raised will also be used to expand and upgrade the Women’s Diagnostic & Wellness Center at Broward Health Coral Springs, as well as improve imaging services at Broward Health Weston and increase outpatient services at Broward Health Imperial Point.

Many of the programs benefitting from the Broward Health Ball are provided to underinsured and uninsured patients.  In fact, as one of the largest public healthcare systems in the United States, Broward Health provides more than $300 million in charity care each year.  And only 16 percent of Broward Health’s revenue comes from taxes, which is insufficient to cover the expense of caring for patients unable to pay for healthcare, making community support critical to the success of Broward Health.  It is events like the Broward Health Ball that enable Broward Health to provide quality healthcare to all those they serve.

To learn more about event tickets or sponsorships, contact Traci Allyn Shur at 954- 355-5148 or tshur@browardhealth.org, or visit www.BrowardHealthFoundation.org for more information about the Foundation.