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Boynton Beach, FL (September 16, 2020) – On Wednesday, September 16, 2020 the Bethesda Hospital Foundation celebrated its first Thanking Our Healthcare Heroes virtual fundraising event. More than 185 community members attended and celebrated as this new and exclusive event honored Bethesda Hospital’s healthcare staff and community for their support, perseverance and devotion throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic. The event’s Honorary Chair, Renee Block, was thanked for her caring and supportive nature she has shown the hospital since the beginning of the pandemic and continues to show for her community.

This new form of celebration provided all ticket holders and sponsors a Party in a Box that contained items to create your own cocktail, a brass pineapple tumbler, a recipe book, Bethesda Hospital Foundation branded face mask, hand sanitizer, and a program detailing the event. Along with the Party in a Box, guests received an exclusive web link to the live streaming event. The event showcased Bethesda Hospital East and West Emergency Departments, a story from one of the first Bethesda Hospital Covid-19 survivors, live music from Powerhouse: Next Generation Band, raffle giveaways, conversation with Bethesda Hospital CEO, Nelson Lazo, and more!

Thanking Our Healthcare Heroes raised nearly $240,000. Proceeds from the event will directly benefit Bethesda Hospital’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery fund which will be used to support patient care, medical supplies, equipment, technology, innovation, and staff support. In totality, over $600,000 has been contributed to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery fund at Bethesda Hospital and the campaign continues to support current and future critical needs.

Please look for more information coming out soon for Bethesda Hospital Foundation’s upcoming event, Women of Grace: March 2021.

For more information:

or call 561-737-7733 ext. 84428


Thank you to our Bethesda Hospital family for serving as committee members in support of the incredible work our Healthcare Heroes have provided during the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

Renee Block, Honorary Chair

Marie & Steve Bedner

Debralyn Belletieri

Mary & Peter Blum

Irene Burns

Susan Bykofsky

Caron & Bob Dockerty

Susan & Marshall Duane

Sherry & Richard Edelstein

Dawn & Larry Edwards

Diane Franco

Bobby Gordon

Carrie & Robert Hill

Barbara James

Patty & Rod Jones

Herb Kahlert & Linda Powell

Marti LaTour & George Elmore

Olga & Nelson Lazo

Sarah & Todd Litinsky

Laura & Steve Litinsky

Pam & Michael McCarthy

Nilsa & Frank McKinney

Nicole & Bob Mugavero

Nicole & John Pasqual

Micki & Arnie Rich

Lorraine & Anthony Rinella

Karen & Glenn Rogers

Kari Shipley

Lisa Sliney

Dawn Tarpinian

Lindsay Thorp

Kimberley Trombly-Burmeister & James Burmeister

Rebecca & Mark Walsh

Bettina & Greg Young

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Thank you to our sponsors and donors for your contribution and dedication to Bethesda Hospital Foundation. 

Supporter Sponsor

Diamond Sponsor

Mary & Peter Blum


Platinum Sponsors




Herb Kahlert & Linda Powell








Bethesda Radiology Associates a MEDNAX Affiliate 


Marti LaTour & George Elmore











New York Life Insurance Company, Lisa Sliney, LNHA




Karen & Glenn Rogers


Greg & Dawn Tarpinian


Lisa & Bert White

Party in a Box Underwritten By

Patty & Rod Jones


Gold Sponsors

Bob Barros

Renee Block

Marlene & Richard Hazard


Barbara & Benjamin Lucas

Pam & Mike McCarthy

Northern Trust

Pascal Liguori & Son, Premier Estate Properties


Silver Sponsors

Julie Casto

Dawn Edwards Salon

Caron & Bob Dockerty

Susan & J. Marshall Duane

Rema & Ken Kaleel

Olga & Nelson Lazo

Laura & Steve Litinsky

Lynden Nursing

Nilsa & Frank McKinney

Stormet Norem

Nicole & John Pasqual

Janet Perry-Baumann

Lynn Wilkins


Printing Underwritten By

Herb Kahlert & Linda Powell


Bronze Sponsors

Fran & Lance Berkowtiz

Irene Burns

Susan Bykofsky

CRC Insurance, Bob Mugavero

Robert Dalton

Delray Dermatology + Cosmetic Center, Dr. Francesca Lewis

Barbara James

Gail & Bob Murphy

Myriad Genetics

Tina & Brian O'Connor

Renee & Ken Reiersen

Betty Ann & I.E Schilling

Jo Wurster

YMCA of South Palm Beach County

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