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December 2008 - Volume 5 - Issue 6

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Martin Memorial Foundation Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Martin Memorial Foundation celebrated 25 years of helping provide health care to the community with an evening of glamour at the annual Chrysanthemum Ball on November 1.

The Ball has been a key component of the Foundation’s success. Now in its 14th year, the glittering gala has raised more than $8.5 million for life-saving care at not-for-profit Martin Memorial – including an estimated $1 million at this year’s event.


(l-r) Barry and Merle Ginsburg, along with Kay and John Ziegler, chairman of the Martin Memorial Foundation Board of Directors, were among the 450 guests who attended the 2008 Chrysanthemum Ball in November.

"Having access to quality health care is critically important for quality of life in a community," said Bonnie Johnston, chair of the Chrysanthemum Ball. "We are committed to helping Martin Memorial provide that care to residents of the Treasure Coast through philanthropy."

The Stuart Jet Center was once again transformed for the Chrysanthemum Ball into a glamorous hotspot, featuring live music and dancing. And while the night is an opportunity for fun and frivolity, it is all done for a good cause.

A new digital mammography unit has been purchased with $500,000 in funds raised from the Chrysanthemum Ball – the third such mammography unit at Martin Memorial – providing women advanced technology to detect breast cancer.

And to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Foundation, the event committee also established a $500,000 Chrysanthemum Ball Endowment Fund, which will fund projects for the next generation of patient care.

"This is such an exciting opportunity for the committee," said Suzanne Kissling, vice-chair of the Chrysanthemum Ball committee. "It is extremely gratifying to be able to provide access to advanced technologies that will impact patient care today, while providing funds that will continue to assist with patient care in the future."

The night would not be possible without the generosity of numerous sponsors, including: Mr. and Mrs. Edward McGowan; Mr. and Mrs. Barry Johnston; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Zemsky; METCARE; Humana; Care Plus Health Plans; Advantage Care; First Florida Development and Construction; Stuart Jet Center.

The Chrysanthemum Ball will be a perfect celebration of the Martin Memorial Foundation’s 25th anniversary. The Foundation has raised $64 million for the health system since its inception in 1983, providing invaluable access to health care for Treasure Coast residents. And through the years, the Chrysanthemum Ball has been the crown jewel of the Foundation’s philanthropic efforts.

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