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Florida Hospital Foundation "Celebrity Dinner" Raises $18,000

The Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Foundation hosted a knock-out event and raised more than $18,000 for the Heart & Vascular Center on May 12 at their second annual “Celebrity Dinner.” Yianni’s Prime Choice Restaurant donated a portion of the proceeds for every entrée and appetizer ordered. Guests were also able to make additional personal contributions. 

Several of Highlands County’s most extraordinary celebrities served an enthusiastic crowd of more than 180 guests, a new record for this benefit. The fundraiser’s theme for the evening highlighted boxing in an effort to promote the Heart & Vascular Center in fighting heart disease. Special thanks go to Yianni’s who was so generous to open their restaurant for this fundraiser. 

Local Highlands County celebrities who made the show were Jon Beck, First Baptist Church of Avon Park; Dr. Alan Bennie, FHHMC Hear & Vascular Center; Bill Benton, NCT Group CPA’s; Judy Lee Brown, Highlands Independent Bank; Dennis Crews, Bill Jarrett Ford; Don Elwell, Highlands County Board of County Commissioners; Tiger Gullett, Union Congregational Church of Avon Park; Bill and Lisa Jarrett, Bill Jarrett Ford; Andrew Katsanis, Grace Bible Church of Sebring; Drs. Carmelita and Abe Lim Carmelita Lim, MD and Associates; Jean Lund, Tom and Chad Lund Insurance; Isaac Palmer, FHHMC; Nida Roquiz, Dr. Placido Roquiz; Robin Scheck, SunTrust Bank; FHHMC Foundation board member Peggy Smith; and Dr. Roger Wittum, FHHMC Interventional Cardiologist. 

The Heart & Vascular Center aids in saving lives through early detection and intervention against heart disease. The Foundation had pledged $500,000 over a three year period to the Heart & Vascular Center. This pledge has supported the growth and development of the FHHMC Heart & Vascular Center and is used to support the Center’s Cardiac Angioplasty Program, or more commonly known as the stent program. To date, the Foundation has now raised more than $338,000. 

Before the creation of the Cardiac Angioplasty Program, patients would have to travel more than 50 miles to receive interventional procedures and treatments in order to stop a heart attack. Since “Time is Muscle” in heart care, this delay in treatment presented a huge problem. Now thanks to the FHHMC Heart & Vascular Center, this treatment is achieved in the heart of Highlands County. 
Stay tuned for information regarding next year’s Celebrity Dinner! For additional information on how you can become involved with the Foundation please call (863) 402-5369.