Baptist Health Foundation Welcomes Class of 2019 Giving Society Members

This year, 129 new founders joined the prestigious donor recognition program, increasing membership to nearly 1,500 families who have made this commitment over the years.

Giving Society Class of 2019

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.”

Brian E. Keeley, Baptist Health president & CEO, and Sofia and Ryan Holtzman
Matt Arsenault, Baptist Health executive VP & CFO, Suzie Arsenault, Daniela Lainville, Franciso Arocha and Lee Sandler
Troy and Sissy Templeton, Jamie L. Thomas, Baptist Health Foundation AVP & Giving Society Administrator, Karel Foti and Jack Ziffer, Ph.D., M.D., Baptist Health executive VP & chief clinical officer & chief physician executive
Jose Romano, Gerald Grant Jr., Jennifer Adger Grant, Josie Romano Brown and Brian E. Keeley, Baptist Health president & CEO
Joe Natoli, Baptist Health executive VP & CAO
Susan and Ramon Oyarzun
Miriam and Pete Lopez
Bo Boulenger, Baptist Health executive VP & COO

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 the Foundation office at 786-467-5400 or visit

Michael Zinner, M.D., founding CEO & executive medical director, Miami Cancer Institute, Mary Lou Dasburg, John P. Dasburg, John H. Dasburg and Rev. William White
Ilana Vardy, and Gladis and Bill Duquette, South Miami Hospital CEO
Linda Schechter, Bob Berrin, Baptist Health Foundation Board chairman, and Alex Villoch, Baptist Health Foundation CEO
Brian E. Keeley, Baptist Health president & CEO
Susan George
Karel Foti and Joe Natoli, Baptist Health executive VP & CAO
Albert and Earlene Dotson
Guillermo Pascual and Beatriz Estrada-Pascual
Carlos and Liana de Mena
Charles Phillips, M.D., and Yvonne Johnson, M.D.
Pedro and Amalia Garcia
Jesus and Liana Cabrera
Kim Gregory
Jennifer Adger Grant and Gerald Grant Jr.
Laura Denoux, Madeline Camejo and Ken Spell, Homestead Hospital CEO
Lee Sandler and Phillis Oeters
Barbara Parker and Jon Beisenherz
Leticia Santiago
Joe and Susan Pallot
Neil Messinger, M.D., and Madelyn Messinger
Judith and Luis Jimenez
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