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December 2006 - Volume 3 - Issue 6
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Martin Memorial Foundation Chrysanthemum Ball Raises $1.3 million

The Martin Memorial Foundation Chrysanthemum Ball has long played a critical role in the health care of Treasure Coast residents.

Now in its 12th year, the most highly anticipated event of the social season on the Treasure Coast has raised a total of $6 million in funds – money used to purchase sophisticated technology that has helped physicians better care for their patients.


Maureen Zappala, chair of the 2006 Chrysanthemum Ball, poses with flamenco dancers who provided entertainment for the event.

"You have to give back to your community and what better way than to support your local hospital so that it can provide state-of-the-art treatment to those who need it?" said Maureen Zappala, chair of the 2006 Chrysanthemum Ball. "We can save lives and prevent heartache for the members of the family by keeping their loved ones close."

This year’s Chrysanthemum Ball, called "A Night in Spain," was held Nov. 4. A hangar at the Stuart Jet Center was transformed into a region of Spain, complete with genuine flamenco dancers and authentic cuisine.


Richmond M. Harman, president and chief executive officer of Martin Memorial Health Systems, enjoys the Chrysanthemum Ball with his wife, BJ Harman.

The ball raised $1.3 million and attracted 600 guests. Proceeds are being used to purchase a 64-slice CT scanner. The advanced technology provides superior diagnostic images that will be invaluable in patient care. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors such as Toyota of Stuart, Metropolitan Health Networks and Rooms to Go, that goal is in sight.

"As a long time friend and board member of the Martin Memorial Foundation, I am delighted to see our efforts saving the lives of our friends and neighbors right here at Martin Memorial," said Linda Loewenberg, vice-chair of the Chrysanthemum Ball.

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