A Celebration of Generosity
Baptist Health Foundation Honors Esteemed Philanthropists

Bill & Gladis Duquette, Leif & Ava Gunderson, JD & Krissy Ducanes, and Shannan & Salvatore Finocchiaro

There was an abundance of gratitude and appreciation at Baptist Health Foundation's annual "A Celebration of Generosity" November 29 at Coral Gables Country Club, where many of Baptist Health South Florida's greatest supporters were honored for their commitment to the not-for-profit healthcare system and its ability to provide high-quality, compassionate healthcare to all. The honorees have generously supported the organization with gifts ranging from $10,000 to over $5 million.

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German Leiva, Priscilla Andrulonis,
Maria Levia, and Tony Andrulonis

Karel Foti, Mark Miggins, and Jane Alonso

Mary & Humberto Gonzalez, and Lourdes Machado
& Nestor Machado, Sr.

Gloria Escobar and Matthew Devine

Gloria Vasta Lewis

John & Gloria Zaldivar and Glenn & Jaye Huber

Baptist Health Leadership toasting their esteemed donors

Roberta Stokes, Warren Whisenant, and Danette Gossett

Juan Antonio and
Teresita Michelena

Tomas Erban, Baptist Health Foundation Board Chair; Sara Sciambi representing The Miami HEAT; Brian E. Keeley, President and CEO of Baptist Health; Robert P. Cole, Esq.; Lani Kahn Drody representing Susan and the late Larry Kahn; Richard Wieder representing the Shawnn Renee Charitable Fund; and Bill Banchs, Baptist Health Foundation CEO emeritus

Rudy Kranys, Baptist Health Foundation Board Chair emeritus, and Lois Russell

Matthew Devine and
Ricardo Cury, M.D.

Cindy & Richard Barbara

Doug Mayer, Sarah Cizmas, Capt. Skip Bradeen, Gerald & Janet Case, Vinnie Feola, Betty Anne Schilling,
Lisa Bradeen, and Christina & Russ Steele

Glenn & Jaye Huber

Josie Wang and Iliana Mason

Lourdes Machado & Nestor Machado, Sr.

Christian Guzman and
Nancy Ameglio

Frank Gaviria and
Christine Martinez

Betty Thomas, Damaris & Henry Haegele, and Helen Jackson

Irma & Billy Baldwin

Karl Cetta, Alysa Herman, M.D., and Scott Weston

Lazaro & Nilia Milton

Maria Cristina Miranda, Norma Ryder, and Eduardo Rubio

William Murphy and Paul Skoric

Charlene & Tym Tombar

Cathy Alexander

Baptist Health Foundation Board Chair Tomas Erban shared the organization's hope to inspire philanthropy in anyone who interacts with the Foundation, through a powerful and pervasive culture of kindness, generosity and gratitude.

Brian E. Keeley, President and CEO of Baptist Health South Florida, spoke about the challenges in the healthcare industry and how generosity is making an increasingly important difference at Baptist Health. "Shrinking margins and lower reimbursements continue to impact our bottom line," said Keeley. "We don't expect the challenges in our industry to go away, so your continued generosity will enable us to tackle them head-on, and continue to make a difference in the lives of those who matter most – our patients."

The evening came to a close when Baptist Health Foundation CEO emeritus Bill Banchs invited Baptist Health's senior executive team to the stage for a toast in honor of the esteemed donors.

The Celebration of Generosity was sponsored in part by Vedanta Capital and Brandes Investment Partners.

To learn how you can make a difference, visit BaptistHealth.net/Foundation or call 786-467-5400.