HUNDREDS ‘HOP ABOARD’ THE MARRAKESH EXPRESS FOR JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION’S 37TH ANNUAL BALL

March 21, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUPITER, Fla. (March 21, 2013) – A distinguished group of more than 300 community supporters of Jupiter Medical Center were transported to an enchanting evening in Morocco at the 37th Annual Jupiter Medical Center Foundation Ball at PGA National Resort & Spa on March 9, 2013.  From the moment the guests arrived, they enjoyed the exotic colors and flair of this legendary Moroccan oasis complete with a lively cast of characters (sword swallower, fire eater, palm reader, magician, and hula hoop Princess to name a few) who entertained them on their journey to the Grand Ballroom for dinner, dancing, and brief remarks.

After the mesmerizing belly dancing performance by The Glitter Dancers, JMC Foundation President K. Murray Fournie welcomed the group and thanked them for their dedication and support.  He received a round of thunderous applause for announcing a one million dollar gift from Jupiter residents Lynn and George Bovenizer III of the Shepherd Foundation for the new JMC cafeteria to be built in the Florence De George Pavilion.  Fournie then  introduced the 2013 Ball Chairs, Roseanne and Dennis Williams, who recognized the Major Platinum Sponsors, The Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust and Sheridan Healthcare, Inc., Diamond Sponsors Jane Napier and Lawrence F. De George and Suzanne Niedland.

Proceeds from the 2013 Ball will fund a new state-of-the-art Interactive Communications Television System at Jupiter Medical Center.  Two were on display during cocktail hour.  This new system will greatly enhance the efficiency and quality of patient care.  Through a bedside TV, patients will be able to review relevant information concerning their medical care and comfort.  The systems reporting capabilities will help physicians, nurses, and clinicians better monitor and manage patient needs at Jupiter Medical Center.

The Special Event Resource and Design Group created the stunning ambiance for this Marrakesh themed Ball.  Guests were awestruck with the breathtaking scenery, from plush sitting areas and intricate chandeliers to fragrant oranges adorning the centerpieces, and the glow from hundreds of Moroccan lanterns.  The Max Band kept guests dancing all night long!

The highlight of the evening was the annual prize drawing at the end of dinner for spectacular items including a luxury BMW 328i Sedan from Braman Motorcars BMW Jupiter, the Nanis Bicego Olga Lariat Necklace from Hamilton Jewelers Palm Beach Gardens, a Moroccan adventure courtesy of The Travel Gallery in Tequesta, and Maltz Jupiter Theatre VIP seats to the entire 2013-2014 season.  Under the leadership of Drawing Chair Kathleen Biglin, the committee did an outstanding job selling 1,000 tickets!  Every guest went home “a winner” thanks to Gift Underwriter Knight Corporations for underwriting the parting gift for the evening.

Contributing to the success of the 2013 Ball were Major Platinum Sponsors The Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust and Sheridan Healthcare, Inc.; Diamond Sponsors Lawrence F. De George and Suzanne Niedland, and Jane F. Napier; Gold Sponsors included Reneé and Stephen Bisciotti, Carlton Fields PA, Charles James Real Estate, Ruth and Paul Chiapparone, Jupiter Emergency Medical Specialists, Inc., Jim and Diane Perrella, Joe and Bebe Riccardo, TD Bank, and Roseanne and Dennis Williams; Silver Sponsors Jennifer and Monroe N. Benaim, MD, Crowe Horwath LLP, Isanne and Sanford Fisher, Ralph and Lyn Ianuzzi, Northern Trust, and Joe and Maggie Taddeo;  Magazine Sponsor Palm Beach Illustrated; Valet Sponsor Braman Motorcars BMW Jupiter; Platinum Underwriters included B/E Aerospace - Amin J. Khoury Chairman, Roger G. Berk and Ellen Tschappat, Knight Corporations, Shari and Mark Newman, Frank and Mimi Walsh, and Roseanne and Dennis Williams; Golden Underwriters Karen and Herb Baum, Hamilton Jewelers Palm Beach Gardens, Elaine and Stephen Timbers; Silver Underwriters Dr. David and Nancy Auth; Raj Bansal, MD and Urmila Mistry, MD; Black Diamond General Contracting Inc.; Paul and Sandra Goldner; Hill, Adams, Hall & Schieffelin, P.A.; Jupiter Medical Center Auxiliary and Dr. and Mrs. Jack Waterman.

The Ball Honorary Chairmen were comprised of the Foundation’s Chairman of the Board, Peter Crisp, along with his wife Missy, the Medical Center’s Board Chairman Paul Chiapparone, and his wife, Ruth, and the Auxiliary Board President, Ann Schwartz and her husband, Arthur.

The Annual Ball is the major fundraising and social event of the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation. Since its inception, the Ball has raised more than $3.8 million. Providing leading edge technology and advancing healthcare in the community remains a hallmark of Jupiter Medical Center.

About Jupiter Medical Center Foundation
The Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, the fundraising arm of Jupiter Medical Center, is dedicated to obtaining philanthropic resources to fulfill the critical healthcare needs of our rapidly growing community. Revenues generated through tax-deductible contributions are re-invested in Jupiter Medical Center for new technologies, innovative programming, sophisticated outreach and enhanced facilities to sustain a healthy community. For more information about funding and gifting opportunities, please call the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation at (561) 263-5728 or visit www.jmcfoundation.org

About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 283-bed regional medical center consisting of 163 private acute care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center provides a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health. Founded in 1979, the medical center has approximately 1,500 team members, 520 physicians and 700 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center is the recipient of the HealthGrades ‘America’s 50 Best’ Award™ for three years in a row (2011-2013) and the Distinguished Hospital Award - Clinical Excellence™ for nine years in a row (2005-2013). For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit www.jupitermed.com.

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