Doctors Hospital Ball
Raises Funds for OR Renovation
Doctors Hospital Ball Chairs Ilien and Keith Hechtman, M.D. and Patricia and Carlos Garcia, Esq.

Olga and Nelson Lazo with Doctors Hospital Ball Chairs Abby and Jose Portuondo, M.D.

More than 700 guests spiraled down the rabbit hole into the Doctors Hospital Whimsical Wonderland Ball, May 17 at Florida International University’s U.S. Century Bank Arena. Distinguishing itself as the grand finale to South Florida’s gala season, the Doctors Hospital Whimsical Wonderland Ball ignited all of the senses while raising $796,192 to benefit the hospital’s Operating Room Renovation Project.

“We are grateful to our committee chairs and volunteers for planning another event filled with our signature elements of enchantment, excitement and energy,” said Nelson Lazo, CEO of Doctors Hospital. “Celebrating the magic of the city we live in and the community we serve, the Whimsical Wonderland Ball set the pace for our future by supporting the commitment and dedication of our physicians and caregivers.”

Presented by Doctors Hospital Foundation and organized by community volunteers, the ball was chaired by Ilien and Keith Hechtman, M.D., with co-chairs Patricia and Carlos Garcia, Esq., and Abby and Jose Portuondo, M.D. These dynamic team members have chaired the ball since its inception and continue to bring their signature passion to this spectacular event.

Guests danced to the sound of the Drew T Band and were entertained by a performance by Mobius 8, stilt walkers; an interactive food wall; and interactions with Alice in Wonderland characters including the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter and a Cheshire Cat aerialist. The energy did not end at the Whimsical Wonderland Ball; just when guests thought the night was over, #AfterWonderland, sponsored by Mynt Lounge, kicked into high gear, bringing young philanthropists from our community together for the second part of the evening.

Sponsors for the festivities were Doctors Anesthesia Associates, Aurora Diagnostics/Mark & Kambour Pathology Associates, ER Stat, UHZ Sports Medicine, The Collection Porsche, Neiman Marcus, Bacardi, Village of Merrick Park, Rene Ruiz, Galaxy Productions, Massage Envy Spa (South Miami and Brickell locations), Mynt Lounge, Maurice’s Jewelers, American Airlines and Goya Foods.

To support the Operating Room Renovation Project at Doctors Hospital, please contact Natalia Ferrer at 786-308-3577, or

Jorge Maza, M.D. with wife Lipsy and Mirtha and Jose Davila, M.D of Doctors Anesthesia Associates

John and Lucy Yanopoulos with Jackie Nespral and Armando Hassun, M.D.

Patricia Delgado, M.D. and Ana L. Viciana, M.D. of Aurora Diagnostics, Mark & Kambour

Emery and Jill Sheer, William H. Banchs and Eris and Robert Thomas, M.D.

Doctors Hospital Ball Auction Chair Cristina Lopez- Peñalver, M.D. with husband Manuel Peñalver, M.D.

Eddie Cutillas of Bacardi USA with wife Randi

Kierstin Koppel and Andrew Koppel of Maurice's Jewelers

Alexander van der ven, M.D. with wife Tina and Jessica Powers with husband Gautam Yagnik, M.D. of UHZ Sports Medicine Institute

Rudy Kranys and Lois Russell

Gary and Renee Bleemer of Premier Parking

Ricardo Cury, M.D. of Radiology Associates of South Florida with wife Ana

Maria Cristina Miranda and Carlos Arriola

Ann and Neil Chrystal

Aislynn Thomas-McDonald and Scott McDonald, M.D.

Scott Aaron of Cisco/Presidio with wife Erin

Edward Garabedean, John Uribe, M.D. of of UHZ Sports Medicine Institute and Anne Marie Garabedean

Alex Gierbolini with wife Iris Esteva, Marian Castro and Michael and Pamela Martinez

Robert Viñas, Marta Yee, Yara Gamez and William H. Banchs

Damian Gutierrez and Gretel Gonzalez

Edgardo Reyes-Ayala, M.D. with his wife Brenda Gonzalez, M.D.

Jay and Adria Fraioli of Media Counselors

Amadeo Cabral, M.D. with wife Rullina Acra-Cabral

The Collection Porsche Macan

Yasser Asmar Fernandez, M.D. with wife Walkiria Campos

William and Roberta Stokes

Iliana Menendez of AvMed with husband Joe Lozada

Ilien and Keith Hechtman, M.D., Olga and Nelson Lazo, Abby and Jose Portuondo, M.D. and Patricia and Carlos Garcia, Esq.

Hayden Hosford with Wayne Retsema and wife Lourdes Martinez of Massage Envy South Miami and Brickell