‘Moments to Remember’ Benefits Family Caregivers
By Space Coast Medicine & Active Living // February 25, 2013
PHILANTHROPY & STYLE
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Health First Foundation’s elegant “Moments to Remember” was a compelling and memorable evening at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club that benefitted the Health First Center for Family Caregivers.
The fundraising event took place Saturday, Feb. 23, and featured an outstanding champagne reception, a bounty of gourmet food stations and both live and silent auctions.
“Leading the live auction was our very special guest auctioneer, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and his wife Susan,” said event chair Darcia Jones Francey.
“The Health First Center for Family Caregivers is a vital resource in our community. It provides free services to families who are affected by this insidious and terrifying disease. Each month, the Health First Center for Family Caregivers provides services to over 600 patients and their caregivers, offering unique programs that inspire and teach ways to improve their lives. In Brevard County, more than 17,000 families are affected by Alzheimer’s and many other chronic diseases.”
The winner of the evening’s grand prize drawing will sail away to make memories during a seven-day cruise.
Living Each Moment To the Fullest
There was a special guest appearance by Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH, renowned author of The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People with Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss in Later Life.
With a theme of living each moment to the fullest, “Moments to Remember” focuses on helping the Health First Center for Family Caregivers, a service of Health First Aging Services.
The Center assists families coping with chronic illness by providing the support they need to remain informed, positive and healthy during challenging times.
Proceeds from “Moments to Remember” will help fund caregiver education and training, including support groups, workshops, journaling classes and health, wellness and stress management programs.
Event co-chairs for the event was Darcia Jones Francey, Sandie Klaver, and Audrey Lopez. Sponsors included Walter and Dottie Gatti, Lou Lopez, Manuel and Audrey Lopez, Drs. Tim and Rosemary Laird, the Roub Family Foundation, Publix, Victoria Landing, Autumn House, Community Credit Union, Hibiscus Court, IndeQuest and Lexus of Melbourne.
About Health First
Health First is Central Florida’s only fully integrated health system. With a Mission to positively change the health and wellness of the communities we serve, Health First offers the latest technological advances and quality care at our four hospitals and through our many Outpatient & Wellness Services, as well as the area’s only Trauma and Heart Centers. Health First also offers multiple commercial and Medicare health plans, the largest multi-specialty physician group in Brevard County, and four fitness centers to help members of our community stay healthy.