Baptist Health Foundation Welcomes Class of 2019 Giving Society Members
Baptist Health Foundation welcomed the Class of 2019 to the Giving Society at an intimate dinner October 16 held at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove. The Giving Society is the Foundation’s prestigious donor recognition program, created to acknowledge and celebrate major gift donors for their extraordinary generosity and continued support. This year, 129 new founders joined the Giving Society, increasing membership to nearly 1,500 families who have made this commitment over the years.
Baptist Health Foundation CEO Alex Villoch opened the program by expressing her sincere gratitude to all in the room. “You play a vital role in the growth and transformation of Baptist Health,” said Villoch. “Your generosity supports much needed services, programs, research and capital improvements. As our newest ambassadors, we hope the confidence you have placed in Baptist Health is an example to the people you interact with on a daily basis, and that you share with them our mutual commitment to provide the very best in healthcare to the South Florida community and beyond.”
Baptist Health President & CEO Brian E. Keeley expressed his hopes for a longstanding relationship with the non-profit healthcare organization’s newest supporters. “When you chose to become part of our Giving Society, you joined a prestigious group of community stakeholders who care passionately about Baptist Health South Florida,” said Keeley. “The culture of philanthropy is alive and well at Baptist Health, and is certainly evident among all of you in this room. We are deeply grateful for your generosity.”
Philanthropy makes a powerful impact throughout Baptist Health. After Hurricane Irma destroyed Fishermen’s Community Hospital two years ago in the Florida Keys, Baptist Health Foundation began a capital campaign with the goal of raising $15 million in community philanthropic support. While the campaign is still underway, a groundbreaking ceremony was held recently to build a new $43-million hospital. This is only one of the many ways philanthropy powers the progress of Baptist Health South Florida.
For more information about the Giving Society, contact Jamie L. Thomas, Assistant Vice President & Giving Society Administrator at 786-467-5421. To support the work of Baptist Health Foundation, visit BaptistHealth.net/Giving.