Golden Angels Gala
Event raises over $2 million to help patients in need
Jackson Health Foundation hosted its annual Golden Angels Gala on January 26 at the JW Marriott Marquis in downtown Miami. The gala celebrated the expansion of Jackson Health System and honored the Golden Angels, the Foundation’s premier giving society whose members play a vital role in advancing the mission of Jackson Health through their philanthropic efforts.
The sold-out event brought more than 600 philanthropists and community leaders together for a spectacular evening of giving. Over $2 million was raised during the event which was again hosted by WPLG Channel 10 news anchor Laurie Jennings. This year, Fana Holtz, naming benefactor of Holtz Children’s Hospital and Silvia Rios Fortun, a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, served as chairs of the gala.
During the evening, the generosity of the gala’s three honorary co-chairs – Ken Gorin, Roberta, and Harvey Chaplin and Janie and Ron Kupferman – was spotlighted. Each of the honorary chairs gave a significant gift for the celebration. A raffle for a 2019 Audi A6, donated by Ken Gorin and THE COLLECTION, was a highlight of the event. Beatriz Ramoutarsingh, of the Hope of a Miracle Foundation in Trinidad and Tobago, was the lucky winner. Wine and spirits for the celebration were donated by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, the evening’s Grand Corporate Underwriter.
Generous donors gave to the Foundation’s Miracle Fund to benefit the health system’s expansion including Mike Fernandez in support of The Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial and Caroline Weiss and Alitza Weiss also gave a gift to benefit Holtz Children’s Hospital. Mrs. Susan Claman and the Claman Family pledged a generous six-figure gift to support the Stroke Program at Jackson. Dr. Chantal Scheinberg donated to the renovation of a family waiting room and the Heather on Earth Foundation gave a gift in support of Holtz Children’s Hospital. Arlene & Wayne Chaplin; Constance Fernandez; Peggy & Ray Warren; Michelle & Cyril Matz: and Terry & Fred Jove became Golden Angels and made gifts in support of the Foundation’s Miracle Fund.
The event featured walls depicting “The Future of Jackson” that showcased priority expansion projects and significant achievements. Four priority expansion projects were highlighted including – the construction of the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center and Jackson West in the City of Doral; the enhancement of programs and initiatives at Holtz Children’s Hospital; and the expansion of the Miami Transplant Institute.
“The enhancement and expansion of services at Jackson is a priority for our community,” said Keith R. Tribble, Jackson Health Foundation President, and CEO. “Every day, thousands of people in Miami-Dade County depend on Jackson Health System. It’s a safety net for them and the generous support of our donors and corporate sponsors make it possible for the Foundation to continue supporting the health system in their mission to make miracles happen every day for patients in need, regardless of their ability to pay.”
Singer Loren Allred performed “Never Enough”, a song she recorded for the soundtrack of the hit movie musical “The Greatest Showman”. She was also featured on Season 3 of the popular show The Voice and can be heard on Michael Bublé’s latest album.
The evening was made possible because of the support of sponsors including – Platinum Sponsors Felipe Fons and Lorena Dotson de Fons and THE COLLECTION; Gold Sponsor Florida National University; Silver Sponsor Turner; Bronze Sponsor VALIC; and media sponsors the Miami Herald, Modern Luxury, Ocean Drive, Indulge Magazine and Selecta.
Jackson Health Foundation is the fundraising arm of Jackson Health System, seeking private philanthropic support to fund the system’s greatest needs. For more information about the gala and a complete list of sponsors and benefactors, please visit www.JacksonHealthFoundation.org.