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Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Foundation Gala and Golf Events Raise $70,000

The Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Foundation hosted both its annual Gala and Golf Tournament on November 21-22, 2013, at Saddlebrook Resort, raising approximately $70,000 to support the construction of the new Brain and Spine Institute at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.

The seventeenth annual Gala was held Thursday, November 21, 2013.  For the second year in a row, the Gala featured the theme of “Men Who Cook”.  The event highlighted 15 East Pasco County “celebrity” male chefs, and 14 East Pasco County “celebrity” female judges.  Chefs included Kevin Bahr, Todd Batchelor, Randall Belcher, Chris Drews (assisted by Jack Rhoden), LeRoy Hauff, Cliff Martin, Tim Mitchell, Mike Moore, Sheriff Chris Nocco, Ronald Oakley, Dr. Raul Olivera, Senator Wilton Simpson, Lance Smith, Randy Surber, and David West; and the female judges were: Jill Browne, Amy Chappell, Becca Gaddis, Linda Hauff, Carolyn Hodges, Mary “Mud” Lane, Lyn McGavern, Vonnie Mikkelsen, Paula O’Neil, Kim Scott, Kathy Simpson, Doreen Strain, Jo Surber, and Vickie West. 

The chefs prepared a signature food item of their choice and they were judged by the female judges as well as all event attendees.  Winners included:

  • Best Appetizer Judges’ Choice: Todd Batchelor, Prime Rib Sandwiches
  • Best Appetizer People’s Choice: Todd Batchelor, Prime Rib Sandwiches
  • Best Side Dish Judges’ Choice: Senator Wilton Simpson, Italian White Bean Soup
  • Best Side Dish People’s Choice: David West, Mixed Vegetable Casserole
  • Best Main Dish Judges’ Choice: Ronald Oakley, Beef Tenderloin
  • Best Main Dish People’s Choice: Ronald Oakley, Beef Tenderloin
  • Best Dessert Judges’ Choice: Kevin Bahr, Crème Brulee
  • Best Dessert People’s Choice: Kevin Bahr, Crème Brulee
  • Best Overall Judges’ Choice: LeRoy Hauff, Beef Summer Sausage
  • Best Overall People’s Choice: Ronald Oakley, Beef Tenderloin
  • Best Presentation: Chris Drews & Jack Rhoden
  • Most Tips Received: Dr. Raul Olivera

With more than 250 people in attendance, the event was an overwhelming success.  Carolyn Sentelik, the executive director of the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Foundation said that the event’s jovial atmosphere was as remarkable as the food was delicious.  “I’ve never seen such a group of people laugh so hard and have so much fun,” Sentelik said.  “We are grateful for the support from all of the chefs.  I realize the amount of time, work and expense that goes into it for them and it is truly appreciated.”

The following day, the Foundation hosted the 24th annual Golf Tournament at Saddlebrook Resort.  The winners of the tournament were:

  • First Place: Dade City News (Kevin Bahr, David Bahr, Chris Black, Fred Bender)
  • Second Place: Team Greenfelder (Glen Greenfelder, Goeun Lee, Fran Reidy, Mike Madagan)
  • Third Place: Zephyrhills Free Press (Kerry Ryman, Kyle Ryman, Nelson Ryman, Darrell Humphries)

Both events are expected to raise approximately $70,000, and all proceeds will support the Brain and Spine Institute at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.  This Institute will enable Florida Hospital Zephyrhills to continue to provide state-of-the-art neurological care to the people of East Pasco County through Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Brain and Spine Institute. The Brain and Spine Institute offers comprehensive neurological care right in our community, including the only AHCA certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in Pasco County. Having all of these services offered in one location means patients no longer need to travel outside Pasco County to receive care, saving precious time; this is a critical factor for neurological conditions. The Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Foundation has pledged to raise $2 million to support this critical project.

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About Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Foundation
Our mission is to extend the Healing Ministry of Christ by facilitating an opportunity for individuals, corporations and foundations to support the programs and services of Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. For more information about the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Foundation and meaningful ways to support the Brain and Spine Institute, please call the Foundation office at 813-783-6144.

About Florida Hospital Zephyrhills
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a 139-bed regional medical center located in East Pasco County.  It is a member of the Florida Hospital network of Adventist Health System, one of the largest health care providers in the state of Florida.  Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission, The Leapfrog Group, and HealthGrades for excellence in providing top quality patient care with special emphasis on safety and patient outcomes. The award-winning Heart Institute has received recognition in the treatment of coronary intervention, heart failure, chest pain, open heart surgery, and electrophysiology procedures. The Brain and Spine Institute provides brain surgery, spine surgery and minimally invasive neuro-interventions, immediately responds to acute strokes, has been awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers by The Joint Commission, and is also the only AHCA certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in Pasco County.  The hospital offers advanced MAKOplasty® robotic partial knee and total hip replacement through its Orthopaedic Institute. It also offers 24/7 emergency services including a new “fast track” option, inpatient and outpatient surgical services, labor and delivery through The Baby Place®, the Center for Wound Healing, Sleep Center, Imaging Services, and the Simpson Breast Health Center, providing comprehensive breast health care services. Visit for more information.