Grape Escape Raises More Than $310,000 for Heart & Vascular Hybrid Suite
New Suite to Allow for Both Minimally Invasive Procedures & Open Surgery
Rockledge, FL (Nov. 12, 2014)– About 230 guests attended the 13th Annual Grape Escape hosted by the Health First Foundation and helped raise more than $310,000 for a Heart and Vascular Hybrid Suite at Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center. The hybrid suite will be dedicated to performing both minimally invasive procedures and open surgery during the same scheduled procedure.
Since its inception in 2002, the annual event has raised more than $3.4 million for various world-class medical equipment and facilities to serve Brevard County.
The theme of this year’s 2014 Grape Escape was La Dolce Vita – The Sweet Life, and guests celebrated the night with Italian food, culture and wines, including live and silent auctions of wines, a one-of-a-kind necklace from Wesche Jewelers and vacation packages. Top sponsors were Harris Corp., Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne and Florida Today. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Susan Ivey and Brandon Snyder, Wine & Spirits Consultant for Opici Family Distributors, served as auctioneers. Pam Gatto, owner of Gatto’s Tires and Auto Service, and John Gallo of Raymond James and Associates, were co-chairs of the event.
Photo 1: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey (from left) and his wife, Susan, served as guest auctioneers at Health First Foundation's annual Grape Escape event, which was co-chaired by Pam Gatto, owner of Gatto’s Tires and Auto Service, and John Gallo of Raymond James and Associates.
Photo 2: Health First Foundation Grape Escape 2014 Committee (from left) Rita Moreno; Larry Bishop, MD, underwriting co-chair; Christine Lance; Laurel Rector; Melissa Flammio Clark, underwriting co-chair; Jeanne Farmer, honorary chair; Stephanie Brown; Anita Weaver; John Gallo, co-chair; Susan Thompson; Joseph Grutta; Darcia Francey, auction co-chair; Pam Gatto, co-chair; Valerie Karas; Dick Beagley; Jerri Figueroa, auction co-chair; and Dan Gizinski.
About Health First
Founded in 1995, Health First is Central Florida’s only fully integrated delivery network (IDN) and employs more than 7,800 associates. The integrator of its IDN is Health First Health Plans offering a wide variety of health insurance options across Central Florida. In addition it operates four hospitals (Cape Canaveral Hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital and Viera Hospital) and is home to Brevard County’s only Trauma Center. Health First Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty physician group on the Space Coast. Health First also offers numerous outpatient and wellness services, including Health First Aging Services, four Health First Pro-Health & Fitness Centers and Home and Hospice care. Visit www.health-first.org for more information.