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High Tea Raises High Fun and Funds

PALM COAST, Fla., November 17, 2015 - The United Way Women’s Initiative of Flagler’s fifth annual High Tea event was held on Oct. 29 at Hammock Dunes Club.  This year’s event was co-hosted by Florida Hospital Flagler’s Pink Army and The Flagler County Education Foundation for the third year in a row.  
More than 170 guests were dressed up in their pink finery and fancy hats to help raise money and awareness for the three host organizations.  Funds raised will help support mammograms and diagnostic services to qualified women in Flagler County through Florida Hospital’s Pink Army;  help support educational programs benefiting Flagler County Schools through the Flagler County Education Foundation and help to advance the common good in the areas of education, financial stability, health and basic needs through United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties.
For the second year in a row the mother-daughter duo of Suzanne Johnston and Suzie Johnston Adams hosted the fun filled evening.  Entertainment was provided by Flagler Youth Orchestra.
The evening included numerous guest speakers, including: 
  • Dr. Curtis Schalit, Florida Oral & Facial Surgical Associates,
  • Dr. Richard Cashio, Plastic Surgeon from Florida Hospital Flagler,
  • Frank Meeker, Flagler Board of County Commissioners,
  • Ken Mattison, Florida Hospital Flagler CEO and United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties Board of Directors,
  • and Jamie Brown of the United Way’s Women’s Initiative of Flagler and The Daytona Beach News-Journal.  
Elaine Gonzalves was also awarded the Community Changer of the Year award for her outstanding volunteer work through Florida Hospital’s Pink Army, Flagler County Schools and The Flagler Auditorium. 
“Today’s Host, Suzanne Johnston and Suzie Johnston Adams have outdone themselves with the details and financial success of today’s event," said John Subers, Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation Director. "All of our guests were thrilled with the decorations and Audrey Hepburn theme, and were extremely generous to our causes.  The money raised today will stay right here in Flagler County and directly support the healthcare and education of our families and neighbors.”
The event also included a silent auction and wine pull raffle.  Initial estimates of gross proceeds of the evening are roughly $21,500.  
“This event is a perfect example of the collaborative work that United Way is doing in Flagler County,” said Alicia Casa, United Way Vice President of Resource Development.  “By bringing together these amazing people and organizations, we’re helping to raise funds and awareness to create last change.”

About Florida Hospital Flagler
Florida Hospital Flagler is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 45 hospital campuses and nearly 8,300 licensed beds in 10 states. With 99-beds, Florida Hospital Flagler employs nearly 1,000 caregivers. Florida Hospital Flagler is comprised of the hospital’s main campus; Town Center Surgery, a freestanding outpatient center; and the Parkway Medical Plaza which includes a walk-in clinic, laboratory, imaging and women’s center and physician offices. For more information, call (386) 586-2000 or visit