Volunteers in Medicine’s Inaugural 2017 “Women with Heart” presented by Florida Blue
Event Exceeds Expectations Raising More than $100,000 for vulnerable working and uninsured
Your $100 donation will pay for one (1) patient wellness exam or two (2) pairs of prescription eyeglasses
More than 300 guests recently packed the Florida Blue Conference Center to celebrate the recognition of 12 amazing Northeast Florida women for their leadership, advocacy and contributions to the community. Entitled “Women with Heart,” the event marked a first for Volunteers in Medicine, a clinic located in downtown Jacksonville that provides free primary and specialty care for the most often overlooked individuals in our community – the working uninsured. In addition to providing the perfect backdrop and state-of-the-art venue for the event, Florida Blue and its leadership stepped up to serve as the inaugural event’s presenting sponsor and went to great lengths to ensure that it was a resounding success. Volunteers in Medicine reported that it raised more than $100,000 at the event.
“Florida Blue is proud of its longstanding partnership with Volunteers in Medicine,” said Florida Blue Market President Darnell Smith. “We applaud the efforts of these amazing ladies to champion access to health care for North Florida’s most vulnerable population. 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.”
Bacardi not only signed on as a major sponsor of this first-time event, but it also provided a first of its own – each honoree and major sponsors received a custom blended and labeled, one-of-a-kind rum made from the Bacardi family’s collection exclusively for them. The luncheon was generously underwritten by Publix Supermarket Charities and special gifts for honorees and guests were made possible thanks to Dottie and Dr. George Dorion, Baptist Health, St. Vincent’s Healthcare, Medtronic, Bahri Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clinic, and Smith Hulsey & Busey.
Delores Barr Weaver received a standing ovation from guests as she accepted the Dorion-Burt “Heart of Gold” founder’s award for her support of the organization over the years including the gift of not one, but two $100,000 matching gifts that have laid the groundwork for the organization’s sustainability and growth. The 2017 “Women With Heart” honorees also were recognized in a series of videos that gave guests a look into what drives these women to “pay it forward” and their individual contributions to our community. Each of the honorees was presented with an award and a commemorative portrait photo wearing “The Heart of Jacksonville” necklace. The 2017 “Women with Heart” honorees are Aimee Boggs, Dr. Annie Egan, Representative Mia Jones, Paula Liang, Reverend Kate Moorehead, Helen Morse, Dr. Kathryn Pearson Peyton, Nicole Thomas, Susan Towler, Lisa Strange Weatherby and Tracy Williams.
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.
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 7, 2018 luncheon for just $100. Only 150 chances will be sold.