20th Annual Guardians of the Children Luncheon & Fashion Show raises more than $700,000 to benefit Holtz Children’s Hospital

MIAMI, FL – Over 500 philanthropists and community leaders attended the 20th Annual Guardians of the Children Luncheon & Fashion Show to benefit Holtz Children’s Hospital at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne on November 20, 2018.

“This year’s luncheon celebrates 20 years of our Guardian Angels, who have dedicated themselves to raising funds for patients in need at Holtz Children’s Hospital,” said Keith R. Tribble, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jackson Health Foundation. “Because of the hard work of our Guardian Angels, we have been able to enhance and expand services at Holtz Children’s for children in need of critical, life-saving care.”

The luncheon raised more than $500,000 to support the Holtz Children’s Hospital Pediatric Neurosurgery Program, one of the most highly recognized programs of its kind in the United States.

“We are so excited to support the Pediatric Neurosurgery Program,” said Andria Ares Holtz, chair of the luncheon. “The program, in association with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, provides care for children with brain tumors, head and spinal injuries, and other life-threatening conditions.”

Guests were treated to an elegant runway fashion show, sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland. The fashion show, curated by Saks Senior Vice President and Fashion Director Roopal Patel, featured new designs from the 2018 Saks IT List.

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“We are so thrilled to support the Jackson Health Foundation Guardian Angels,” said Saks Dadeland Vice President and General Manager Juan Carlos Lopez. “For over 20 years, this luncheon has had a tremendous impact on children in need in our community and the outstanding care they receive at Holtz Children’s Hospital.”

The luncheon featured an exciting performance by Grammy-nominated recording artist Flo Rida, a celebrity ambassador for Jackson Health Foundation. Sponsors of the event included Dade County Federal Credit Union; Missy and Jonathan Babicka; Calvin, Giordano & Associates; AON; American Airlines, West Coast University; Marquis Bank; Miami Heat; Perkins & Will; FPL; BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Jeffries; Silvia Rios Fortun; Candido Viyella/Enrique Viyella Morgan Stanley; Southern Glazer Wine and Spirits; and Château D’Esclans Winery. Media sponsors included the Miami Herald, Ocean Drive Magazine, Modern Luxury and Selecta.
To find out how you can help make a difference in the lives of children in need at Holtz Children’s Hospital, visit https://SupportJHF.org.

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About Jackson Health Foundation
Jackson Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the fundraising arm for Jackson Health System, the most comprehensive healthcare provider in South Florida and the largest public hospital in the country. Through the generosity of compassionate donors, the Foundation seeks private philanthropic funds to improve the System’s facilities, provide the most advanced equipment and technology, and support its priority projects. The Foundation’s fundraising efforts allow Jackson Health System to provide life-saving medical care to all of its patients, regardless of financial need, and improve health care delivery, enhance the hospital experience for patients, and promote wellness and preventive medicine. Jackson Health Foundation offers several fundraising programs, including the Golden Angel Society, the Foundation’s premier giving society; Guardian Angels, who are dedicated to supporting Holtz Children’s Hospital; International Kids Fund Wonderfund™, a global outreach program that provides medical care to children from around the world who cannot be treated in their home countries; and the Young Angels Program, for individuals ages 21-45, who believe that participation in civic engagement activities is vital to the health of their community. Founded in 1991, the Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors committed to philanthropic activities that, to date, have raised over $140 million to benefit Jackson Health System. For more information about the Jackson Health Foundation, please visit www.JacksonHealthFoundation.org or call 305.585.GIVE (4483).