South Florida Raises Record-Breaking $3 Million Raised at 15th Annual Diamond Ball!
Hundreds of philanthropists and community leaders across South Florida gathered at the Loews Miami Beach to support pediatric healthcare at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, raising a record $3 million for a five-story, 116,000-square-foot pediatric surgical tower at the hospital. The tower will include advanced operating rooms and support enhanced surgical care that can impact the next generation.
During the Havana Nights-themed gala, presented by Ensemble Health Partners, attendees made record donations during the live auction and ‘Bid from the Heart,’ which featured the heart-warming story of Nicklaus Children’s patient Graceston. Proceeds from the evening will benefit a state-of-the-art pediatric surgical tower that will be constructed above the Emergency Department at the hospital’s main campus.
The event also honored Dr. Marcelo Laufer, the recipient of the Excellence in Pediatric Medicine award, as well as hospital supporters Vivian and Juan Carlos (JC) Mas, who were inducted into the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame.
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Event Benefits Our Vision For the Future: Pediatric Surgery
This year's gala is raising funds for a state-of-the-art pediatric surgical tower at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, which will include advanced operating rooms and support enhanced surgical care that can impact the next generation. You don't have to wait for the event... help save lives by donating today!
Each year, the gala raises essential funds for the patients and families of Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Over the past 15 years, Diamond Ball has been, and continues to be, an important fundraiser to help children receive world-class pediatric care.
Nicklaus Children's is South Florida's only freestanding hospital exclusively for children, and with your help, this year's Diamond Ball will continue to deliver on our promise to provide them with amazing patient care.
Honoring Vivian and Juan Carlos Mas
At the gala, we will pay tribute to Vivian and Juan Carlos (JC) Mas, our 2021-2022 inductees into the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame.
The Mas family has actively supported and made generous donations to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for more than 25 years. Read more.
Diamond Ball Co-Chairs Salo and Olga Grosfeld
Salo and Olga are committed to the needs of children and families in our community and amazing supporters of Nicklaus Children's Hospital. In his role as President of J.R. United Industries, Salo manufactured and donated 80,000 cloth masks to the School District of Palm Beach County last year, providing a mask for every child enrolled at a K-5 public school. Salo serves on the Board of Directors of Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation. We are grateful for the support and leadership of the Grosfeld family.
2021-2022 Diamond Ball Committee
Special thanks to the members of this year's Diamond Ball Committee: Ellen and Oscar Feldenkreis, Gloria and Michael Fux, Luxme Hariharan, Patricia and Garrett Hayim, Christina and David Martin, Juliana and Alex Krys, Teresa and Paul Lowenthal, Elizabeth and Ralph Patino, Rachel and Ken Schultz, Natalie and Jeffrey Schwartz, and Jaime and Chris Stegner.
Continuing A Tradition
At past Diamond Ball events, hundreds of community members joined us for an evening of dinner, dancing and fundraising, all to benefit the quality of life, programs and services that support the health and well-being of the children we serve. In 2020, our event went completely virtual with a live auction and silent auction benefiting the COVID-19 Relief Fund. Read about the 2020 Virtual Diamond Ball.
If you have any questions, please reach us directly at Carmen.Hidalgo@nicklaushealth.org.