9th Annual Women of Distinction & Caring Luncheon
Benefiting Plaza Health Network

2018 Women of Distinction & Caring: Darlene Boytell-Perez, Gabriela Rachadell De Delgado, Maria Alonso, Virginia Jacko, Cindy Hutson, Laurie Jennings, Swanee DiMare,
Barbara Black Goldfarb - BESSIE Award Recipient, and Annie Neasman, RN

The Plaza Health Network Foundation celebrated the Ninth Annual Women of Distinction & Caring Luncheon honoring nine outstanding community leaders at the Hilton Miami Downtown on November 15th. Louis Aguirre, WPLG Local 10 anchor, served as Master of Ceremonies and welcomed guests along with Norma Jean Abraham, Luncheon Chairman; Thelma Gibson, RN, Josefina Carbonell, & Linda Levy Goldberg served as Co-Chairs. Elaine Bloom, PHN President & CEO, along with Ronald Lowy Esq., Chairman of the PHN Board recognized Joan Brent for her 18 years of service on the PHN Board as well as Captain Marvin Greenwald for his many years of service as Director of Professional Services.

Introduced with a moving video tribute that celebrated their leadership, volunteer service and philanthropy, the 2018 honorees were:
  • Maria Alonso - President and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade
  • Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado - Attorney, Philanthropist supporting Boys & Girls Club/Miami
  • Swanee DiMare - Philanthropist and Community Leader
  • Barbara Black Goldfarb - Past Chair of Greater Miami Jewish Federation; Chair of the 2018 Federation Mission to Israel; 2018 BESSIE Award Recipient
  • Cindy Hutson - Chef/Owner, Ortanique on the Mile and Zest Restaurants; Culinary Ambassador of Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health
  • Virginia Jacko - President and CEO, Lighthouse for the Blind
  • Laurie Jennings - WPLG Local 10 Anchor and Community Volunteer
  • Annie Neasman, RN, MS - President and CEO, Jessie Trice Community Health Centers; Former Deputy Secretary, Florida Department of Health
  • Darlene Boytell-Perez, ARPN - Healthcare Advocate and Philanthropist

    Awards were presented by Ilene Zweig, PHN Foundation Executive Director and Kristyn Schwartz, PHN Foundation Director of Development. Proceeds from the luncheon support Plaza Health Network patient focused innovative programs and services that go above and beyond what is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and insurances.

  • Sunburst Society Members: Dorothy Jenkins Fields, 2017, and Pam Garrison, 2016 Women of Distinction & Caring

    Ron Lowy, Esq. PHN Board Chairman, Joan Brent, Marvin Greenwald and Elaine Bloom, PHN President & CEO

    Ilene Zweig, PHN Foundation Executive Director, Abraham Galbut, Trish & Dan Bell

    Norma Jean Abraham and Mary Louise Young

    David Van Sky, Cindy Hutson, Lisa Weiner and Delius Shirley

    Louis Aguirre,
    Master of Ceremonies

    Swanee DiMare and Darlene Boytell-Perez

    Patricia Fuller, Laura Buccellati, Minerva Arboleya and Marile Lopez, Luncheon Co-Chair

    Robin Jacobs, 2016 BESSIE Award Recipient, and Bernice Schwartz

    Standing: Charisse Grant, Norma Jean Abraham, Luncheon Chairman, and Merline Barton; Seated: Thelma Gibson, Luncheon Co-Chair, and
    Dr. Ora Strickland, 2015 Woman of Distinction & Caring

    Bonnie Reiter, Abbey Feinberg, Elinor Ganz, Barbara Black Goldfarb, Jessalyn Goldfarb, Norma Kipnis Wilson, Offi Osin-Cohen and Robin Jacobs

    Magic City Opera's Rebekah Diaz
    and Graham Fandrei

    The Art & Beauty of Aging Photography Exhibit with Photographer Ryan Troy

    YPO Ladies, 2018 Women of Distinction Honorees and other guests

    Violeta Cepeda, Terri Shikany, 2017 Woman of Distinction & Caring, and Barbara Waters

    Kristyn Schwartz, PHN Foundation Director of Development, and Nancy Schwartz

    Carla Landeo McQuide, Mirtha Boytell, Darlene Boytell-Perez
    and Diana Boytell

    Virgina Jacko and her service dog

    Trish and Dan Bell

    Britni Garcia, Jennifer Boin-Getz, Isa Mendez
    and Katie Repici

    Gracy Weberman and
    Christine Nunzio

    Jessica Vega, Amantha Prophete and Jennifer Solis

    Ramona Busot and Laurie Jennings

    Ana Munoz and Kristen Vallejo from Kendra Scott

    Charlene Villalba, Helena Ulloa and Norma Jean Abraham

    Josefina Carbonell and Annie Neasman

    Nancy Gold and Leslie Munsell

    Linda Levy Goldberg, Elaine Bloom, Josefina Carbonell and Norma Jean Abraham

    Past and Present Women of Distinction & Caring Honorees