December 2022 Edition

Give Miami Day Was A Success

We would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who supported Jackson Health Foundation on Thursday, November 17, during Give Miami Day. The annual 24-hour fundraising event inspires and promotes online giving to non-profits across Miami-Dade County. Together, we made a difference for Jackson Health System and raised more than $107,000. 

We Adore, Dior

Ines Lorenzo-Gomez, Angela Andrade, Ana VeigaMilton,

Silvia Rios Fortun, Vivian Adrian, Mari Grimalt.

For the last five years, Dior Couture, Inc. Dadeland has partnered with the Guardian Angels and Jackson Health Foundation to host a shopping event at their store.

A portion of the event's sales are donated to Holtz Children’s Hospital at the Guardian of the Children’s Luncheon and Fashion Show.

Thank You For Supporting Our

23rd Annual Guardians of the Children

Luncheon and Fashion Show

Andria Ares Holtz, Nicole Holtz, Fana Holtz, Silvia Rios Fortun, Rosy Cancela, Laurie Jennings, Mari Grimalt,

Angela Andrade, and Vivian Adrian.

Jackson Health Foundation's Guardian Angels hosted their 23rd Annual Guardians of the Children Luncheon and Fashion Show, in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue-Dadeland, on Tuesday, November 22. The luncheon raised more than $600,000 to support the areas of greatest need at Holtz Children's Hospital

More than 500 philanthropists and community leaders gathered at the exclusive event at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, which featured Miami-based and internationally acclaimed fashion designer, Silvia Tcherassi. We also celebrated 30 years of commitment from our Guardian Angels.

Saks Fifth Avenue 2023 Resort Fashion Show featuring Silvia Tcherassi.

Caroline Nava, Ayahna Lowry, Yvette Morrell, Kaitlin Nowak, Chris Riley, Nikki Spoelstra, Melissa Diaz, Kayla Dedmon.

Miriam Rodriguez de Macedo, Natalia Marquez, Yenni Nova, Michelle Pasko, Silvia Tcherassi, Sofia Tcherassi,

Ramona Messore, Samanta Ferrini.

"Light Up the Night"

On Thursday, November 17, we kicked off our holiday toy drive at the “Light Up The Night” event hosted by CityPlace Doral. The event highlighted Jackson Health Foundation's Give Miami Day initiatives and its partnership with CityPlace Doral, which hosted the holiday toy drive benefiting Jackson Health System.

The following retailers participated in the Holiday Toy Drive where customers and staff dropped off toys: Marina Kids, Styles Boutique Miami, CMX Cinébistro, Suviche, Novecento, Brimstone, Chico Malo, Miami Improv, The Flats,

Copper Blues, and D&A.

Jackson Brings Joy With Toys

Thank you to Ocean Bank and FPL for sponsoring our holiday toy drive, and for helping make big miracles happen for our littlest patients.

We also appreciate all of our donors and volunteers who helped put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season.

The culmination of the drive was on December 20th with a wrap-a-thon celebration, but you can still support our pediatric patients, by clicking below to donate.

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Donor Highlight: Bank of America

A special thank you to Bank of America for its generous $250,000 grant supporting Jackson Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department Care Transition Program. This pivotal program seeks to reduce recidivism by addressing contributing factors to emergency department overutilization. Dedicated staff facilitates coordination of primary care services, helps monitor medication adherence, and follow-up care visits to medical specialists. Thank you, Bank of America, for improving access to world-class health care

in our community!

Our Adaptive Golf Clinic was "Tee-rific"

Jackson Health Foundation extends a special thank you to the Adaptive Golf Association (AGA), and the volunteers and mentors for creating a “tee-rific” experience at our Adaptive Golf Clinic, held at the Rick Smith Golf

Performance Center.

The AGA program provides participants with cognitive and physical disabilities the chance to play and learn the game of golf while benefiting from the many therapeutic values it provides. We're excited to see our rehabilitation patients participate in these great recreational therapy opportunities. A big thank you to the Rick Smith Golf Performance Center for hosting this fantastic event!

Tito’s Vodka Golf Tournament

On Monday, October 24, Tito’s Vodka hosted the Tito’s Stillhouse Invitational to benefit the Adaptive Golf Program at Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth/Jackson Memorial. The event garnered support from hundreds of golfers. Kelly Messett, a certified therapeutic recreation therapist at Lynn Rehabilitation Center, spoke to the participants about the impact recreational therapy programs have on our patients. We thank Tito’s Vodka for their generous gift, and look forward to this continued partnership.

Thank You, Woody Foundation

Kelly Messett, certified therapeutic recreation therapist, Lynn Rehabilitation Center; Lucy B. Foerster, executive director, The Woody Foundation; Will Beckham, treasurer, The Woody Foundation.

In celebration of Woody Beckham's birthday in October, we thank The Woody Foundation for its generous $37,500 donation to Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth/Jackson Memorial.

The Woody Foundation has been donating to Jackson for 11 years, with their most recent donation helping to fund programming and equipment that directly improves the lives of spinal cord injury patients.

Thank you, The Woody Foundation, for your continued generosity. 

National Philanthropy Day Honors Our Own

Dr. Shirley Press

On Friday, November 4, Dr. Shirley Press, Jackson Health Foundation board member, was honored at the AFP Miami's 35th Annual National Philanthropy Day Anniversary Awards Luncheon, which recognizes philanthropic contributions and their effect across the world.

Lauren Franquiz, Beth Behr, Alexandra Salcedo,

Ana VeigaMilton, Dr. Shirley Press, Gradon Hadaway and Diamela Corrales.

Dr. Shirley Press is a board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physician who has more than 30 years of experience treating children with acute medical conditions. For 20 years, she served as the director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Holtz Children's Hospital. Thank you, Dr. Press, for your continous gift of time, talent, and treasure.

Congratulations to our newly elected Jackson Health Foundation Board, Executive Committee and Directors  

Congratulations to David Coulson, elected board chair for the next two years. 

David Coulson, board chair

Executive Committee


David A. Coulson, Esq.

Vice Chairman

Matt Allen


Matthew Grosack


Edward Joyce

Guardian Angels President

Silvia Rios Fortun

At-Large – Board Appointed

Andria Ares Holtz

Jackson Health System CEO

Carlos Migoya

Immediate Past Chair

Ana VeigaMilton

At-Large Co-Presidents

Charmaine Gatlin / Flavia Llizo

Board of Directors

James Champion

John Diez

Bert De Armas

Gonzalo de Quesada

Armando Fernandez

Felipe Fons

Gregory Irizarry

Matt Gorson

Mariana Martinez

Bob McFarlin

Dr. Rudolph Moise

Dr. Shirley Press

Chris Riley

Maggie Villacampa

Candido Viyella

Advisory Board

Sandy Batchelor

Abel Holtz (in memoriam)

Non- Voting

Amadeo Lopez-Castro

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You Can Help Miracles Happen Before 2023 

Help make miracles happen at Jackson Health System this holiday season by donating in support of the areas of greatest need. 

Click below and make your contribution before December 31.

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This holiday season...

Charmaine Gatlin

Co-President and Chief Operating Officer

Flavia Llizo

Co-President and Chief Development Officer

Jackson Health Foundation

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