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Florida Hospital Heartland Foundation Hosts 22nd Annual Gala Featuring Legendary Christian Artist

With 12 No. 1 radio singles, a Grammy Award, eight additional nominations, three Billboard Music Awards, 21 Dove Awards, five gold and two platinum digital singles, a platinum and four gold albums to his credit, Florida Hospital Heartland Foundation is excited to announce Chris Tomlin as this year’s Gala entertainer. Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in contemporary Christian music.

The 22 Annual Foundation Gala weekend will tee off on Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11 at Sun ‘n Lake Golf Club for the Gala golf tournament. The cost of the tournament is $600 per team of four, which includes breakfast, lunch, a premium gift and four entries into the 5K/10K Gala run. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Following the tournament is the Gala dinner on Saturday, November 12 at the South Florida State College gymnasium. Social hour and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. From the dinner, guests will be escorted to the South Florida State College Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts for the Chris Tomlin concert at 8 p.m.

Concert tickets are on sale now for $50, $55 and $60 with a limited number of “Ultimate Fan Seats” in the first two rows for $100 each. Concert tickets can be purchased online at

The Gala weekend will conclude with the Annual Bill Jarret Ford 5K Run/Walk and 10K on Sunday, November 13 held at Florida Hospital Sebring and progress through the Sun ‘n Lake community. Pre-registration is $20 or $30 day of the race, children under 6 free. The first 400 registered runners will receive a long-sleeved, dri-fit shirt. To register for the 5K and 10K, visit Pre-registration ends on October 30.

On this Veterans Day weekend, the Foundation will take the opportunity to genuinely recognize our veterans who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. For a $25 donation frames can be purchased that will be displayed at the Gala dinner to honor a veteran.

The Foundation Gala brings together hospitals’ staff, communities from Highlands and Hardee counties, local organizations and governmental entities to raise funds for improvements, additions and technological advances at the hospital campuses. We give thanks to our major Gala sponsors; the Thakkar Family Foundation, Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC, Don and Ruth Geldart, MD, Senator Denise Grimsley, The Jarrett Family Foundation, Sun ‘n Lake of Sebring, Cohan Radio Group, Highlands Today, Highlands News Sun, Outdoor Exposures and The JOY FM.

All contributions raised at the 22 Annual Foundation Gala events will be used to benefit our entire community. With your help we are able to build needed facilities, purchase lifesaving equipment, and offer community wellness programs. Dustin Woods, Lead Pastor for Grace Bible Church is this year’s Gala chair.

“Investing in the lives of others is the highest call of the human experience,” Woods said. “The Florida Hospital Foundation Gala is an invitation to all of us to be an extension of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Out communal effort to join in this mission reaches beyond the raising of funds into the fostering of hope. Hope that allows each patient to see beyond their infirmity and lay hold of a better tomorrow.”

This year’s capital campaigns benefitting from the Gala will include the Fitness Center Campaign in Lake Placid, First impressions Campaign in Sebring, and the Advancing the Legacy Campaign in Wauchula. “We give thanks to our Foundation Friends for supporting the Florida Hospital Sebring, Lake Placid and Wauchula Foundations,” said Bruce Bergherm, Florida Hospital CEO/President. “It is gratifying to know that the proceeds raised through the Foundations directly enhance medical services right here in our community,” Bergherm said. “Over the last several years your generous philanthropy has made a significant impact on services at all three campuses of Florida Hospital.”

We welcome the community to attend the 22nd Annual All American Florida Hospital Heartland Foundation Gala. Please call the Foundation at 863-402-5525 for more information.