Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - Broward Health Ball 2014 Raises More Than $850,000!

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – More than 600 guests showed that ‘Philanthropy Rocks’ at the 2nd Annual Salah Foundation Broward Health Ball presented by One Beat CPR + AED on Saturday, May 3. The event, held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, raised more than $850,000 for patient programs and services at all Broward Health hospitals.

“It was exciting to see so many people in our community come together for this fun event that gives back to the hospitals that serve so many in our community,” said Robert Birdsong, event chair and chairman of the Broward Health Foundation board of directors.  

Professional quarterback Ryan Tannehill and wife Lauren, as well as professional football punter Brandon Fields and wife Katie served as the event’s honorary co-chairs.  NBC 6 News Anchors Pam Giganti and Jawan Strader served as mistress and master of ceremonies.   The sold-out event featured a silent and live auction, dinner and dancing to the sounds of the Soul Survivors band.

“The outpouring of support for the hospital initiatives was an incredible thing for Lauren and me to witness,” said Ryan Tannehill, who began working with Broward Health in early 2013.  “You can see that the entire community stands with Broward Health and its efforts to improve the health of each and every patient.”

A highlight of the evening was a video presentation about the need to renovate and upgrade the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Broward Health Chris Evert Children’s Hospital. The video included interviews with parents whose children lived their first weeks—and in some cases, months—in the NICU. There was an overwhelming response when guests were asked to bid on naming rights for individual patient rooms and make donations toward the $21.5 million renovation project. In the end, 11 rooms were named with gifts of $25,000 each. Others guests donated between $500 and $20,000 raising a total of $323,000 for the NICU renovation.

“Broward Health has been a great partner for us through Broward Health Fields Fit Fest and our efforts to help kids get and stay healthy,” said Brandon Fields.  “Katie and I were glad to be a part of this incredible event and help raise money to benefit so many patients.”

Other initiatives that will benefit from the proceeds include upgrades and improvements to the Women’s Wellness Center as well as inpatient and outpatient women’s and children’s services at Broward Health Coral Springs; upgrades to the Emergency Department patient and family waiting areas at Broward Health Medical Center; upgrades to the progressive care unit at Broward Health Imperial Point, and develop a Patient Family Resource Center, offering the most up-to-date cancer information for patients, families and the community at Broward Health North.

The Salah Foundation was the event’s title sponsor and One Beat CPR + AED was the presenting sponsor. Other major sponsors included ARAMARK Healthcare, Turner Construction, Pediatrix Medical Group, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, 21st Century Oncology, Northwestern Mutual, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Lifestyle Media Group.

The event planning committee included Robert Birdsong, Larry Blackburn, Karin Kerney, Jen Klaassens, Russell Nash, Stacey Patasnik, Lori Perlman, Justin Santangelo, Traci Allyn Shur, George Taylor, Esq. and My Warhaftig.

The Broward Health Foundation is the fundraising arm of Broward Health, one of the 10 largest public healthcare systems in the nation.  The mission of the Broward Health Foundation is to improve the health of the community by providing resources to promote, support and enhance the programs and initiatives of Broward Health.  

If you would like information on how to get involved with planning next year’s Broward Health Ball, please contact the Broward Health Foundation at 954.712.3980 or


Photos by Downtown Photo.