Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Party in the Park Strikes a Pose for UM/Sylvester


Party in the Park was a huge success, gathering more than 500 guests, along with cancer survivors and their doctors at the Village of Merrick Park. The November 29th event featured eleven patients modeling designer fashions as they graced the runway with their world-renowned doctors who escorted them through their treatment. Guests were treated to food and drinks from South Florida’s top restaurants. Guests came from as far away as Massachusetts and Pennsylvania to support UM/Sylvester in its research and clinical mission. CBS4 was on hand along with other photographers and videographers. The event raised more than $100,000 for cancer research at UM/Sylvester.

Thanks goes out to our inspiring patient models and their physicians:

  • Shirley & Jon Alexiou and Dr. Jerry Goodwin
  • Jennifer Stearns Buttrick and Dr. Raymond Leveillee
  • Denny & Paul Feinsilver and Dr. Fred Moffat
  • Donna Chase Finkelstein and Dr. Joseph Rosenblatt
  • Janice Gonzalez and Dr. Orlando Silva
  • Barbara Kimbley and Dr. Aaron Wolfson
  • Joan Scheiner and Dr. Pasquale Benedetto
  • Alexandra Villoch and Dr. Stefan Glück
  • Norma Wilson and Dr. Luis Raez

Event chair Rick Morgan of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, chaired the fundraising event for the second time. Emcee for the evening was Mark Trowbridge, president and CEO of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce.

Special thanks to our many sponsors including Presenting Sponsor, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Hosting Sponsors: Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., The Miami Herald, and Zubi Advertising; Feature Sponsors: Adam Carlin, Himmel Foundation, Macy’s, Patron Tequila, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., Tommy Bahama Rum, and Zyr Vodka; Associate Sponsors: Amergent, Dade Paper, Donald J. Pliner, Fowler White Burnett, FP&L . The Tate Family, The Weinbach Group, Torbert Produce, Inc., and Turnberry Associates.; our participating Village of Merrick Park merchants for outfitting the models: Adolfo Dominguez USA, Inc., Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, Astoria, CH Carolina Herrera, Cache, Edward Beiner, Equinox Fitness, Lisa Todd, Schedoni, Silvia Tcherassi, Tiffany & Co., Tommy Bahama, and UCB Benetton; and South Florida’s featured restaurants: A Thierry’s Catering & Event Design, Ana Paz Cakes, Cacao Restaurant, Chef David Schwadron Catering and Event Design, Cold Stone Creamery, Crepe Maker, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Havana Harry’s, Jennifer’s Homemade, Links Restaurant & Lounge at the Diplomat, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Ortanique on the Mile, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Roasters n’ Toasters, Siam Lotus, The Palm Coral Gables, Trattoria Sole, and Via Quadronno.

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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