Jackson Health Foundation’s Guardian Angels Luncheon Proceeds Top $550,000
Funds Will Support Renovations at Holtz Children’s Hospital
Yury Rossi, Chairwoman of the Guardians of the Children Luncheon, Guardian Angel and new Golden Angel with Nina Miguel, Chairwoman of the Guardians of the Children Luncheon and Guardian Angel

Roberta Chaplin, Platinum Seraphim with Fana Holtz, Naming Benefactor of Holtz Children’s Hospital and Grand Seraphim

More than 550 philanthropists, community leaders, and administrators from the Jackson Health System attended the 16th Annual Guardians of the Children luncheon held at the beautiful JW Marriott Marquis in Miami.

Hosted by the Jackson Health Foundation (JHF), JHF Guardian Angels, and celebrity hostess WPLG News Anchor Laurie Jennings, the luncheon raised over $550,000 that will be used to support renovations of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Unit at the Holtz Children’s Hospital located at the University of Miami|Jackson Memorial Medical Center. The renovations will also allow the implementation of family-centered care for children facing cancer and organ transplants. The home-like environment will empower families as they partner with healthcare providers in meeting the needs of their children.

Guests were treated to a stunning runway fashion show featuring Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli’s 2015 spring collection, courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland. Event chairs Yury Rossi and Nina Miguel, and their committee of hardworking Guardian Angels welcomed 34 new and renewing Guardian Angels and three new Golden Angel Society members – Brunilda Baeza, Rigo Lesteiro, and Dr. Patricio and Yury Rossi.

Janie Kupferman, Silver Seraphim and longtime JHF supporter, was honored by the Foundation for her continuous support of and commitment to improving the quality of healthcare for children in the South Florida community. “It is fitting that we recognize an individual who through her service, dedication, and philanthropic spirit, has helped both the Foundation and Holtz Children’s Hospital, get to where we are today, and is helping us forge a path to our future” said Keith Tribble, CEO of the Jackson Health Foundation.

Several South Florida Calendar Firefighters were on hand to sell raffle tickets for fabulous prizes, including spirits, luxury linens, fragrances, jewelry, gift cards, two tickets to the Miami Heat vs. Memphis Grizzlies game and a 10-day cruise aboard the M/S Riviera, donated by Oceania Cruises.

Sponsors of the luncheon included HCI Healthcare Imaging Centers, Radiology VIP; The Jills; artefacto; Anirays Camino Photography Art; LaPlaya Properties; One Sotheby’s International Realty; Terra Group; BNY Mellon Wealth Management; MedAssets, Tyco SimplexGrinnell; Chateau D’ESCLANS; Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc.; K Karla Conceptual Event Experiences; and Selecta Magazine.

To find out how you can help make a difference in the lives of these children, visit us online at Jackson Health Foundation.

Don Steigman, COO, Jackson Health System; Esther Abolila, Chief of Staff, Jackson Health System; Silvia Rios Fortun, Chairman, Jackson Health Foundation, Platinum Angel and President of the Guardian Angels; Carlos Migoya, President & CEO, Jackson Health System; Keith Tribble, Chief Executive Officer, Jackson Health Foundation.

Juan Lopez, Vice President/General Manager, Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland and Laurie Jennings, Master of Ceremonies and Channel 10 News Anchor

Nilia Milton, Platinum Angel

New Golden Angel Society Members: Yury and Dr. Patricio Rossi, Brunilda Baeza and Rigo Lesteiro

Monica Veiga; Ana Veiga Milton, Jackson Health Foundation board member and Platinum Angel; Lynette Lorenzen

Fanny Dascal, Guardian and Platinum Angel

Katharine Rubino and Christina Martin, new Guardian Angel

Juan Sanchez, Guardian Angel; Lidia Escobar, Guardian Angel and Bart Upthegrove, second time Guardian Angel

Jennifer Cervera, New Guardian Angel; Yolanda Berkowitz, Platinum Angel and Katy Stoka

Remedios Diaz-Oliver, Platinum Angel

Silvia Rios Fortun and Maggie Villacampa, Jackson Health Foundation board member and new Guardian Angel

Mariana Martinez, Jackson Health Foundation board member and Platinum Angel; Dr. Rudolph Moise, Vice-Chairman, Jackson Health Foundation and Golden Angel; Niurka del Valle, Director, IKF’s Wonderfund, a program of Jackson Health Foundation

Marlen Pernetti, Guardian Angel; Alexia Echevarria and The Honorable Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Platinum Angel

Keith Tribble, Chief Executive Officer, Jackson Health Foundation, and Mari Grimalt, Guardians of the Children Luncheon committee member and Guardian and Platinum Angel

Felise Eber and Jill Eber, new Guardian Angels and event Silver Sponsors

Muriel Cornide and Gini Gelman, new Guardian Angel

Luncheon Committee Members (from left to right standing): Ines Lorenzo-Gomez, Ana Quincoces, Silvia Rios Fortun, Vivian Adrian, Angela Andrade, Fana Holtz, Anirays Bolivar Camino, Tom Soares. (From left to right sitting): Nina Miguel, Catherine Anne Markert, Linette Guerra, Yury Rossi

Marilyn Samlut, Guardians of the Children Luncheon committee member and Guardian Angel; Jay Marcos and Zahyly Heravi

Gloria Sesana, Guardians of the Children Luncheon committee member and Guardian and Golden Angel with Marisa Cisneros Rizzon, Platinum Angel

Lourdes Albite Sanchez, second time Guardian Angel

Laurie Jennings, Andria Ares Holtz and Susan Pullin

Olivia Rothstein, Pauline Askins, Patrizia McAdoo, Yvette Morrell

Jessica Milton, new Guardian Angel

Sara Smith, third time Guardian Angel

Claudia Orrett and Anirays Bolivar-Camino, New Guardian Angels

Mercy Padilla, Guardian Angel with Sigrid Morales, new Guardian Angel

Mercedes Sarria, new Guardian angel

Elena Cardone, new Guardian Angel with Caroline Rynzheimer

Linda Balboa, Jr., new Guardian Angel

Sylvia Perez and Vivian Suarez, new Guardian Angel

Olga Regalado, new Guardian Angel

Helen Finvarb and Bambi Leo, new Guardian Angel

Gina Milton, Platinum Angel and raffle winner, with Paul Chevalier, National Fine Wine Director, Spirit Sponsor of the event