From L to R: Cleveland Clinic Florida supporters Tony and Sally Woodruff, Pat and Carol Welsh, Warren and Ginny Schwerin attended the event

May 18, 2023 – Cleveland Clinic supporters gathered with good friends for a good cause to support the 32nd annual May Pops spring concert featuring the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. With more than 600 guests in attendance, the end-of-year event was held at the Windsor polo field in Vero Beach and raised nearly $500k to benefit Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital priorities. Special thanks went to Presenting Sponsors Marlynn and Bill Scully; VIP Hospitality Sponsors Mrs. Herman F. Becker and Chris and Keena Clifford; and Broadway Sponsors Bob Williams and Karen Katen.

The evening commenced with remarks by Indian River Hospital Interim President David Peter, MD, MBA, who thanked guests for their unwavering commitment to elevating medical care for residents of Indian River County. He also celebrated longtime Chairman Tony Woodruff and his wife, Sally, for their extraordinary service and leadership over the years. Mr. Woodruff will be stepping down as Chairman this year and transitioning to the role of Chairman Emeritus.

“Tony has served on both the Hospital and Foundation Boards at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital,” said Dr. Peter. “He was on the Foundation board for 19 years, with a record nine years as Chairman. His leadership and strategic engagement resulted in over $50 million in contributions. Today, we celebrate Tony’s achievements and congratulate him on his new role.”

Dr. Peter then introduced the conductor, symphony and soloists. Under the baton of Music Director Christopher Confessore, the Brevard Symphony delighted guests with several beloved Broadway musical hits performed by renowned vocalists Sarah Uriarte Berry and Sal Viviano. Featured songs included, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You from Jersey Boys by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio and vocals by Sal Viviano, and selections from Les Misérables by Claude-Michel Schönberg and vocals by Sarah Uriarte Berry and Sal Viviano, among others.

May Pops was inspired by longtime supporters Dick and Helen Post, who had the idea of creating “an end-of-season celebration to support the hospital, with good friends, good music and good food for a good cause.” Since his passing in 2013, each year guests are invited to pay tribute to Mr. Post and his flair for signature neckwear by wearing a bow tie to the event.

All proceeds from May Pops will help advance technology, enhance facilities and elevate patient care at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital.

About Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital

Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, part of Cleveland Clinic’s regional health system in Florida, is a 332-bed hospital in Vero Beach and offers comprehensive medical services to the Treasure Coast community. One of Cleveland Clinic’s five hospitals in Florida, Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital is dedicated to achieving excellent outcomes. Guided by a Patients First philosophy, healthcare professionals represent specialties including orthopaedics, heart and vascular medicine, neurosurgery, stroke, gastroenterology, bariatrics and labor and delivery. With locations across Indian River County that include outpatient facilities, urgent care centers and a diagnostic center, Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital has a 24-hour emergency department. Cleveland Clinic’s regional health system in Florida is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.