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The Honoree: Linda Huffman Kearns


Linda Huffman Kearns, Honorary Chairman, Jackson Memorial Foundation Golden Angels Gala 2008 and Rene Ruiz, Luncheon Host

Karen Kearns, Sherie Swerdlow, Co-Chairman, JMF Golden Angels Gala 2008 and Linda Huffman Kearns

Rene Ruiz, celebrated designer, held a luncheon at his fabulous Coral Gables boutique, to honor Linda Huffman Kearns, who is Honorary Chairman of Jackson Memorial Foundation Golden Angels Gala 2008. Linda, who is a Golden Angel, was introduced to Jackson through her sister Sherie Swerdlow, also a Golden Angel and co-chair of the Gala. The Golden Angel Society is a recognition society of the Jackson Memorial Foundation. Linda witnessed first hand the exemplary care at Jackson when Sherie’s son required treatment after an accident while on a family vacation. The only consideration for treatment was the Burn Unit at Ryder Trauma Center. Since then many of Linda’s family members have been treated at Jackson, and she has been equally impressed.

More than 60 women attended the luncheon and browsed the racks of the gorgeous daytime and evening fashions displayed at the salon. Rene generously donated 10% of all purchases that day to Jackson Memorial Foundation—and many of the women left with new and exciting frocks. In a surprise move, Rene also offered a $50 raffle for a $1,000 credit at this boutique. The winner: Funnily--Linda Huffman Kearns.

Among the women attending the luncheon were: Marilyn Samlut, Patricia Nicolas Nader, Sherie Swerdlow, Rosy Cancela, Mari Alacon, Marisa Cisneros Rizzon, Marlen Pernetti, Sam Robin, Leslie Wolfson, Rosy Cancela, Tati Katz, Jan Lewis, Beki Stanford, Dr. Dollie Green, Julie Dill, Yolanda Berkowitz, Haley Denman, Jill Swerdlow, Amy Galagano, Felicia Hernandez and Brianna Corrado.

Jackson’s Gala, which will take place on Saturday evening, January 26, 2008, is one of the most anticipated and exciting charity events in Miami-Dade County. Known for its exceptional style, flair and unusual entertainment, this dinner-dance with silent and live auctions, attracts more than 1,200 of the leading people in the community. The theme is created by Barton G, the brilliant party planner known for amazing guests with his creative talent; he promises that this year's event will be something "unbelievable and unforgettable." Fana Holtz, Sherie Swerdlow and Marisa Cisneros Rizzon, icons in the community, will chair the Gala. Leon and Serena Simkins are Humanitarian Chairmen; James Ferraro is another Honorary Chairman; and Lennar Foundation is the Corporate Sponsor.

For the first time in its 14-year-history, The Gala will take place on the grounds of the UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center campus. The reason: The plans for a transformed Jackson Health System will be announced at the event; a renovation that will make it a world-class hospital able to serve the entire community.

For further information, call Jossie Aguirre at 305-355-4999 or visit online at www.jmf.org

Joan Bender, Vice President, JMF, and Marisa Cisneros Rizzon, Co-Chairman, JMF Golden Angels Gala 2008

Felicia Hernandez, Yolanda Berkowitz, Gala 2008 Committee Member and Brianna Corrado

Beki Stanford

Marilyn Samlut, Gala 2008 Silent Auction Chairman,
Daniel Simon and Martha Quevedo

Amy Galgano, Jill Swerdlow, Lynn Pearson,
Gala 2008 Committee Member and Hayley Denman

Dr. Shulamit Katzman and Eileen Youtie,
Gala 2008 Committee Member

Sharon Fallick, Director of Development Holtz Children's Hospital, JMF
and Patricia Nicolas Nader, Gala 2008 Committee Member

Sam Robin and Teddy Gunter

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