Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

UM/Sylvester Kicks Off Support for In the Garden Gala 2004


Gala Chairperson, Fredi Consolo announced the 2004 Gala fund raising goal of $1 million to benefit cancer research to the one hundred gala committee members who enjoyed the kickoff reception hosted by 2004 Honorary Gala Chairman, Bob and Gloria Kolikof at their home.

“The 2004 gala promises to be the most glamorous event of the season”, noted Fredi Consolo, “ and we know that our community will come together to celebrate as we raise more than $1 million dollars. We’ve done it before and we will do it again! With friends like the Kolikofs we can’t miss.”

Attending the kickoff were 2004 Grand Honorary Gala Chair, Cindy Davis Carr and 2004 gala leaders, including, Gala Chairman, Robert Consolo, Special Events chairperson, Gail Gidney, 2004 Gala Benefactors Arlyn & Stephen Cypen, Auction chairmen Peggy & Michael Silver, 2002 Grand Honorary Gala Chairmen, Fran & Mel Harris, Gala Angels Nancy & Jerry Blair and Steven Posner, Invitation underwriter, Joanne & Marc Hildebrandt, and new 2004 table sponsors, Alexis & Orlando Birbragh.

The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the 2004 Caroline W. Halpern Award recipient, Elsie Sterling Howard. The late Caroline Halpern, in whose name the award is given, was committed to the preeminence of UM/Sylvester from its inception and devoted her philanthropic endeavors to the cancer center for many years, set an example for community leaders. Elsie Howard, Special Events Co-Chairperson for UM/Sylvester since 1992, is the sixth recipient of the award and follows Jay and Renee Weiss who received the award in 2002.

The Kick-Off included inspiring remarks from Dr. Joseph Lucci, director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology. Dr.Lucci discussed the connection between philanthropy, increased awareness and cancer research. “This gala not only raises funds for research but also helps to bring public attention to the fight against cancer,” Dr. Lucci said.

UM/Sylvester was founded in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services and today serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at the University of Miami School of Medicine. UM/Sylvester handles more than 1,100 inpatient admissions annually, performs 2,800 surgical procedures, and treats 2,900 new cancer patients. All UM/Sylvester physicians are on the faculty of the University of Miami School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center. In addition, UM/Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in more than 150 clinical trials and receive more than $30 million annually in research grants. UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach recently opened to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach Counties. This 10,000 square-foot facility at I-95 and S.W. 10th Street offers appointments with physicians from five cancer specialties, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events.

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