Baptist Health Foundation Honors Shining Stars of Philanthropy

William W. Wilson, Baptist Health Foundation Board Chair, and Brian E. Keeley, President and CEO of Baptist Health, present Robert Gintel with the Chairman’s Circle Award

Amid shimmering spotlights and photographers’ flashes, Baptist Health Foundation rolled out the red carpet to welcome and celebrate its most philanthropic supporters at the Annual Celebration of Generosity.

“We can never thank our generous donors enough,” said Baptist Health Foundation CEO Bill Banchs, Ph.D. “Their generosity is a most welcome endorsement and validation of Baptist’s relentless pursuit of excellence in healthcare. This event is Baptist’s tangible way of expressing its sincere gratitude for their generous support.”

The annual event, held Jan. 15 at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, also provided the Foundation the opportunity to congratulate and thank donors for reaching new or higher levels of giving. “Our 2014 donor classes genuinely exemplify the Baptist Health tradition of caring,” said William Wilson, Foundation Board chairman.

Joseph and Leslie Buchanan. Leslie Buchanan, a trustee of the Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation, Inc, accepted the President’s Circle Award on behalf of the Foundation

A special reception in the Cultural Arts Center’s lobby kicked off the evening, followed by an awards ceremony in the theater. Brian E. Keeley, president and CEO of Baptist Health, joined Banchs and Wilson in addressing the crowd. CBS4 news anchor Rick Folbaum served as the evening’s emcee. Acclaimed vocalist and recording artist Nicole Henry, and saxophonist extraordinaire Dr. Ed Calle performed several soulful favorites.

The evening’s presenting sponsor was Sheridan Healthcare. Additional sponsors were Aberdeen Asset Management; Bliss & Nyitray, Inc.; Brandes Investment Partners, L.P.; C.S. McKee, L.P.; Columbia Management; Kennedy Capital Management, Inc.; Medley LLC; OFI Global Asset Management; Sage Advisory Services, Ltd. Co.; Segall, Bryant & Hamill; Seix Investment Advisors LLC; Wedgewood Partners, Inc.; and Wells Capital Management.

If you would like more information about contributing to Baptist Health Foundation, contact Karl Cetta, assistant vice president of development, Baptist Health Foundation, at 786-467-5405, or email


Roberta and Bill Stokes receive the Arthur Vining Davis Club Award
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