Volunteers in Medicine’s Inaugural 2018 “Women with Heart” presented by Florida Blue
Event Exceeds Expectations Raising More than $100,000 for vulnerable working and uninsured


On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, twelve Northeast Florida women, committed to leadership, advocacy, passion and hard work, were recognized at the third annual Women with Heart luncheon.  The event, presented by Florida Blue, raised more than $110,000 net to benefit Volunteers in Medicine.  The 2019 “Women with Heart” honorees are:

Martha Baker – Community Trustee and incoming Board Chair for The Community Foundation

Vickie Cavey – Former JEA Vice President and current Ponte Vedra Beach Rotary President

Inger Geraghty – Board Member for American Heart Association, Board Member for See the Girl

Virginia Hall  President and Chief Development Officer (July 2019), St. Vincent’s Healthcare Foundation

Rev. Dr. Helen Jackson – Women of Color Cultural Foundation, Inc.

Helga Langthon – Vice President/Owner Soho Network Solutions, Inc.

Eleanor Lynch – Senior Vice President, Operations Memorial Hospital

Velma Monteiro-Tribble – Director of Grants and Programs Florida Blue Foundation

Dr. Pam Rama – Cardiologist, Baptist Heart Specialists, Chief of Staff and Medical Director of Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Baptist Beaches Hospital

Ellen Wiss – Community Trustee and former President of the Women’s Giving Alliance

Sol Wynter – Multi-lingual Consulting Group Services and Community Organizer

In addition, Sherry Magill received top honor with the Dorion-Burt “Heart of Gold”award at the luncheon.  Sherry was recognized not only for her contributions during the founding of Volunteers in Medicine, but also for her role leading the Jesse Ball DuPont Fund.

The Women with Heart are community leaders, advocates and key influencers.  Their advocacy, volunteerism and commitment to the health of our community set the bar for others to exceed.  The “Women with Heart” luncheon kicked off a year-long series of events to benefit Volunteers in Medicine.  Each honoree has committed to a month of advocacy and fund raising for the clinic.  During their month of service, the women with Heart will wear the new 2019 “Heart of Jacksonville – a $15,000 diamond heart necklace custom designed by Dennis Marshall of Allen’s Jewelers.  The necklace will serve as a conversation starter to further increase awareness of the mission of Volunteers in Medicine.

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 sold.


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