Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Flagler Grand Tribute to Fred Havenick


The Flagler Dog Track Poker Tournament tribute to Fred Havenick was a big success, drawing more than 200 people. Ten winners were able to choose from a variety of prizes, including a cruise, autographed sports memorabilia, a Macy’s gift card and Waterford crystal. Barbara Havenick and her children Izzy, Alex, Michael, Jenny and husband, Tim and 7-month-old granddaughter Sarah Freddie, thanked those in attendance, including Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick, Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and several state lawmakers, saying this was a way to “give back to this world-class treatment and care center”. The proceeds will fund the Fred Havenick ICU at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. As of press time, the event has raised more than $35,000.

State Lawmakers and other VIPs in attendance:

  • Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick
  • City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz
  • State Senator J. Alex Villalobos
  • City of Miami Commissioner Angel Gonzalez
  • City of West Miami Commissioner Luciano Suarez
  • State Representative Julio Robaina
  • State Representative David Rivera
  • Miami Beach Commissioner and soon-to-be State Representative Richard Steinberg
  • State Representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera
  • Calder Race Track President Ken Dunn
  • Radio Personality Marta Flores

The top 10 poker tournament winners were able to choose prize packages that included:

  • Take Me Out to the Ballgame donated by Flagler Dog Track & Metrobank – 2 tickets to Miami Heat Game, 2 tickets to Miami Dolphins Game, 2 tickets to a Florida Marlins Game, 2 tickets to a Florida Panthers Game, and 25 pounds of pistachio nuts.
  • Famous Ballers donated by Janie and Tom Cundy – Andy Roddick autographed racquet, case, and set of tennis balls, Bobby Bowden autographed FSU football, Zach Thomas autographed football, Don Shula autographed Hall of Fame football, Tony Trabert autographed book, and Joe Dimaggio framed photos.
  • Sail Away with Me donated by Colleen & Richard Fain & Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines – 4 or 5 night Caribbean cruise for two aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise.
  • Life’s a Beach donated by Cricket & Marty Taplin – 2 night weekend stay in a suite at the Sagamore Hotel in the heart of South Beach.
  • Shop with Us donated by Joan & J. David Scheiner – $250 Macy’s gift certificate with a Waterford crystal jug.
  • Be A VIP at Joe’s donated by Jill & Robert Hertzberg – Front of line pass at Joe’s Stone Crab including dinner for two.
  • A Toast to You donated by Nelly & Mike Farra and Laurie Nuell – Case of Napa Valley Napanook 2003 Christian Moueix and case of Yellowtail Chardonnay 2005.
  • It’s About Time donated by Barbara Havenick – Philip Stein Teslar Watch with Mother of Pearl Face and tan leather wristband.
  • X Marks the Spot donated by Norman Goldfarb – 18” gold necklace with diamond accents.
  • A Pretty Picture donated by Valerie Foster & Studio 1791 – Orchid arrangement and portrait sitting.

When Fred Havenick died of lymphoma last June, the Flagler Dog Track family lost its leader. Havenick was CEO of Flagler and Naples-Fort Myers Dog Tracks, along with being Chairman of MetroBank. The 62-year-old was known for his civic and philanthropic commitments, including as a member of the Orange Bowl Committee. He and his family were strong supporters of the University of Miami and Founders of UM/Sylvester.

Havenick’s wife and children are now turning their loss into something positive for the South Florida community. With the help of the Flagler Dog Track family, the Havenick family is helping to raise money for the UM/Sylvester.

UM/Sylvester opened 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 Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. UM/Sylvester handles nearly 1,600 inpatient admissions annually, performs 2,600 surgical procedures, and treats 3,400 new cancer patients. All UM/Sylvester physicians are on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center. In addition, UM/Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in more than 250 clinical trials and receive more than $30 million annually in research grants. UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach opened in 2003 to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach counties. A major expansion is currently underway, which will double the size of this facility by adding diagnostic imaging services, additional chemotherapy chairs, and expanded exam rooms. Deerfield Beach offers appointments with physicians from 12 of UM/Sylvester’s 15 Site Disease Groups, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events.

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