Mad for Mod Ball Brings The Community Together
Benefiting Doctors Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit
Founders Society members and ball chairs Keith Hechtman, M.D. & Ilien Hechtman

Century Club members and ball co-chairs Abby and Jose Portuondo, M.D. Dr. Portuondo also represents Presenting Sponsor ER Stat.

The spirit of the 1960s was captured in the US Century Bank Arena at Florida International University at Doctors Hospital’s Mad for Mod Ball. Galaxy Productions transformed the arena, and more than 800 guests shimmied with go-go dancers, dined among gerbera daisies and grooved to the Beatles in support of the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) renovation project.

Soul Survivor Band kept the dance floor active while the crowd marveled at drummers hanging from the rafters. CBS4's Shannon Hori emceed the event and Jay Rokeach – the voice of the Florida Panthers – served as auctioneer. Live and silent auctions included an array of exciting items, such as a week on The World Residences at Sea mega yacht, a makeover from TLC's "What Not to Wear" hairstylist Ted Gibson, a princess package complete with a Rene Ruiz gift certificate, Coomi jewelry from Neiman Marcus, a four-night stay at the Azul Beach Hotel in Mexico and spa packages.

The event raised over $650,000 for the ICU. The new, larger ICU will be a state-of-the-art space with the most sophisticated equipment. Each room will have 24-hour off-site electronic monitoring through the eICU LifeGuard program.

Ilien and Keith Hechtman, M.D., chaired the evening, supported by co-chairs Patty and Carlos Garcia, Esq., Abby and Jose Portuondo, M.D., and philanthropic chairs Maria Cristina Miranda and Carlos Arriola.

Major sponsors were ER Stat, Mark & Kambour, Greenberg & Traurig, Tiffany & Co., The World Residences at Sea, Neiman Marcus, The Collection/Porsche, Rum Matusalem, Ted Gibson, W. Hotel Ft. Lauderdale, and Rene Ruiz.

For more information about Baptist Health Foundation fundraising and recognition events, call Laura Denoux, director of Corporate & Event Philanthropy, at 786-467-5404, or If you would like to contribute to these life-changing programs and support Doctors Hospital Foundation, please contact Natalia Ferrer at 786-308-3577, or

Doctors Hospital ball chairs Keith Hechtman, M.D. & Ilien Hechtman, with ball co-chairs Carlos Garcia, Esq. and Patty Garcia, and Dr. Jose Portuondo, Doctors Hospital Foundation Board member, and Abby Portuondo, with Founders Society member Nelson Lazo, CEO of Doctors Hospital.

Ball co-chairs Patty Garcia and Carlos Garcia, Esq., Doctors Hospital Operating Board member.

Philanthropic chairs and Founders Society members Maria Cristina Miranda and Carlos Arriola (standing) with Founders Society members Josie Wang and Dr. John Wang.

Founders Society members Dr. Cristina Lopez-Penalver, Doctors Hospital ball auction chair, and Dr. Manuel Penalver.

Robert Abello, M.D., Doctors Hospital medical staff; Montye and Jim Barker, Doctors Hospital Operating Board member; and Carol Slinger, Doctors Hospital nurse.

Century Club member Brian E. Keeley, president and CEO of Baptist Health; Dr. John Rock, dean and senior VP for Medical Affairs, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, FIU; Nelson Lazo, CEO of Doctors Hospital; Mark Rosenberg, president of FIU; Dr. Keith Hechtman of UHZ Sports Medicine Institute.

Dr. Nancy Reierson and Dr. John Uribe, with Jennifer and William McClain of Corporate Partner, The World Residences at Sea.

Century Club member Rudy Kranys, Baptist Health Foundation Board chair, with Founders Society member Lois Russell.

Founders Society members Dr. Ismael and Alice Roque with Richard and Reina Stacey. Dr. Roque and Richard Stacey represent Corporate Partner, Riviera Health Resort.

Founders Society members Agustin Veitia, Doctors Hospital Foundation Board member, and Nancy Veitia, and Roberto & Katherine Padron

Randy and Harlan Selesnick, M.D., Doctors Hospital medical staff.

Tower Club and Living Legacy Society members William and Roberta Stokes, Baptist Health Board of Trustees and Doctors Hospital Operating Board member.

Founders Society members Dr. Robert and Eris Thomas, Baptist Health Foundation Board member.

Founders Society members Robert Vinas and Marta Yee, Doctors Hospital Foundation Board member.

Mr. Norman Kenyon, Doctors Hospital Operating Board chair, and Sue Kenyon.

Nelson Lazo, CEO of Doctors Hospital, with Shannon Hori, event emcee and anchor of CBS4, and Rene Ruiz.

George Foyo, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Baptist Health, and Luisa Foyo.

Keith Hechtman, M.D. and Blake Hechtman.

Nicolas Morot-Gaudry; Laura Denoux, director of development, corporate & event philanthropy, Baptist Health Foundation; and Jeanne and Rolando Conesa, of Corporate Partner and Century Club member, MGE Architects.

Founders Society members John and Lucy Yanopoulos.

Natalia Ferrer, director of development, Doctors Hospital Foundation, and Alex Gonzalez

Raj Changlani and Cathy Alexander, vice president of TD Bank.

Lynn Nash and Russell Nash, of Corporate Partner William R. Nash, Inc.

Drs. Brenda Gonzalez and Edgardo Reyes Ayala, Doctors Hospital medical staff.

Rullina and Amadeo Cabral, M.D., Doctors Hospital medical staff.

Walkiria Campos and Yasser Asmar-Fernandez, M.D., Doctors Hospital medical staff.

Founders Society members Emery Sheer, Doctors Hospital Foundation Board chair and Jill Sheer.

Founders Society members Nelson Lazo, CEO of Doctors Hospital, and Olga Lazo.