Florida Blue signs on as Presenting Sponsor
of Volunteers in Medicine’s 2018 “Women With Heart” for second year in a row


In a surprise announcement at a Volunteers in Medicine event held at the end of the September, Florida Blue confirmed that that the company will once again serve as presenting sponsor for the organization’s annual “Women With Heart” event. The announcement was made by Florida Blue Market President Darnell Smith. “As a company dedicated to the mission of helping people and communities achieve better health, Florida Blue is proud to once again serve as the presenting sponsor of the 2018 “Women With Heart” event, one of Northeast Florida’s most unique year-round recognition and fundraising Events, said Smith. “Florida Blue shares Volunteers in Medicine’s mission to ensure that everyone has access to quality healthcare, especially, Northeast Florida’s most vulnerable residents — are vulnerable, hard-working, uninsured, ” he concluded.

The 2018 “Women With Heart” Luncheon presented by Florida Blue is slated for February 6, 2019, and will fittingly take place on the Deerwood Campus at the Florida Blue conference center. The luncheon kicks off a year-long celebration and recognizes the leadership, advocacy and generosity each of these women possess and the positive influence they have had in improving the lives of so many. On February 6, 2019 Volunteers in Medicine will recognize the achievements and contributions of an amazing group of Northeast Florida women — Dany Atkinson, Cheryl Barnett, Dr. Pam Chally, Senator Audrey Gibson, Leslie Gordon, Shelley Morgan, Silvia Pulido, Diane Raines, Dr. Estrellita Redmon, Melissa Ross, and Dr. Elana Schrader,

“Florida Blue is proud of its longstanding partnership with Volunteers in Medicine,” said Smith. “We applaud the efforts of these amazing ladies to champion access to healthcare for Northeast Florida’s most vulnerable families and individuals. We are confident that this year-long initiative will significantly impact patients who utilize the services and programs offered by Volunteers in Medicine’s free downtown clinic.”

“Florida Blue is one of Volunteers In Medicine’s founding partners, as it provided vital funding for our free clinic’s pharmacy when we opened our doors in 2003,” said Mary Pat Corrigan, CEO of Volunteers In Medicine. She continued, “The company embodies the belief that everyone should have access to quality medical care. We are thrilled to have Florida Blue’s leadership and guidance on our board of directors, its financial support and to have it take a lead role in the launch of our inaugural 2017 “Women With Heart” event.

Beard’s Jewelry Unveils Stunning “Women With Heart” Piece

Thanks to Beard’s Jewelry owner Johnny Lupo and his select team of designers, it will be easy to recognize the philanthropic dedication and commitment of Volunteers in Medicine’s Women with Heart honorees. Beard’s Jewelry has created a stunning diamond necklace to be worn each month by a different Woman With Heart honoree as they spread the word about Volunteers in Medicine at special philanthropic events they personally design.

Appropriately coined, “ The Heart of Jacksonville.” The stunning necklace will be Worn close to their hearts and serve as a conversation starter that each will use to share the story of Volunteers in Medicine through its unique volunteer service model, the often overlooked vulnerable, working and uninsured individuals and families that are served at the free downtown clinic.

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Enter for your chance to win "The Heart of Jacksonville"

The Heart of Jacksonville” is a 14 karat white gold necklace which has a diamond heart shaped pendant. The heart shaped pendant contains twenty (20) round brilliant cut diamonds with a total weight of 2.00 carats and is appraised at $7,000. You can purchase a chance to win the stunning necklace in a drawing that will be held at the Feburary 6, 2019 luncheon for just $100. Only 150 chances will be avalible to be purchased.


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