Health First Thanks Grape Escape Supporters

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At Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel Tomorrow

ABOVE VIDEO: Dr. Larry Bishop, last year’s Grape Escape co-chair, is the underwriting co-chair this year with Melissa Flammio Clark.  Dr. Bishop, who was honored as a 2012 Central Florida Humanitarian last November, has parlayed his knowledge of wine into hundreds of thousands of dollars for Brevard organizations.  

HEALTH FIRST FOUNDATION NEWS FLASH!

Thanks to J.W. Edens & Company, the Grape Escape event has just surpassed the $200,000 mark in sponsor contributions.

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THE HEALTH FIRST GRAPE ESCAPE COMMITTEE INCLUDES Dan Gizinski, Darcia Jones Francey, Laurel Rector, Dr. Larry Bishop, Rita Moreno, Meridith Snyder Kaplan, Charles Clemente, Pam Gatto, Stephanie Filippi-Brown, Joe Grutta, John Gallo, Greg Watson, Stacy McHenry and Scott McHenry. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

“Thank you to J.W. Edens for their ongoing support, and to all of our community supporters of this event and Health First Cardiac Services,” said the Health First Foundation Facebook page.

Now in its 12th year, the Grape Escape has become among the area’s most anticipated philanthropic events each year, and promotes the heart-health benefits of wine.

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Thanks to J.W. Edens & Company, the Grape Escape event has just surpassed the $200,000 mark in sponsor contributions.

Proceeds this year will be used to provide a dedicated Electrophysiology Lab at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center, which will aid in the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AFib). This lab will include upgraded technology.

Proceeds To Benefit Electrophysiology Lab

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Health First Foundation’s Grape Escape XII will be held Saturday, October 12 from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Rosen Shingle Creek, located on Universal Drive in Orlando.

Tom Utley

Florida Tech Meteorology Professor Tom Utley, PhD, has seen first-hand the life-saving technology offered at the Heart Center at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

Now in its 12th year, the Grape Escape has become among the area’s most anticipated philanthropic events each year, and promotes the heart-health benefits of wine.

Proceeds this year will be used to provide a dedicated Electrophysiology Lab at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center, which will aid in the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AFib). This lab will include upgraded technology.

LIFE-SAVING TECHNOLOGY

Florida Tech Meteorology Professor Tom Utley, PhD, has seen first-hand the life-saving technology offered at the Heart Center at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Audrius Bredikis

Dr. Audrius Bredikis

After Professor Utley began experiencing arrhythmia, he was encouraged by Health First Medical Group Dr. Audrius Bredikis to undergo a procedure called a cryoablation. Dr. Bredikis is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and cardiac electrophysiology.

During the procedure, a balloon catheter was inserted into Utley’s pulmonary vein, lowering its temperature of -70 degrees Centigrade and creating a scar to block the electrical signals that trigger arrhythmia.

“It saved my life. My blood pressure is way down. I very much believe I would not be here today otherwise.”

“It saved my life,” said Professor Utley.

“My blood pressure is way down. I very much believe I would not be here today otherwise.”

In 2012 alone, the Heart Center at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center performed more than 1,000 heart and vascular procedures.

Health First Foundation’s Grape Escape will be held Saturday, October 12 from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Rosen Shingle Creek, located on Universal Drive in Orlando.

‘AN EXTRAORDINARY DINING EXPERIENCE’

Grape Escape XII’s co-chairs are the husband-wife team of Pam Gatto and John Gallo. Pam is the president and CEO of Gatto’s Tires & Auto Service, and John is a stockbroker with Raymond James & Associates.

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This year’s Grape Escape co-chairs are the husband-wife team of Pam Gatto, above, and John Gatto.

Honorary co-chairs are Phillip and Jeanne Farmer. Underwriting co-chairs are Health First Medical Group Dermatologist Dr. Larry Bishop and Wells Fargo Advisors CFP Melissa Flammio Clark.

The Grape Escape will include wine, a multi-course gourmet dinner and a live auction.

The Grape Escape will include wine, a multi-course gourmet dinner and a live auction.

The event will include wine, a multi-course gourmet dinner and a live auction.

Sponsorship levels range from $1,250 to $25,000. All $5,000 level sponsors will be invited to an extraordinary dining experience Friday, October 11 at A Land Remembered, an upscale steakhouse named after Patrick Smith’s novel.

The Rosen Shingle Creek has offered a special rate of $139 per night. Please call 1-866-996-6338 and ask for the Health First Foundation Grape Escape group rate.

FOR INFORMATION CALL 321-434-7353

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ABOVE MAP: The 2013 Health First Foundation Grape Escape will be held an the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel located at 9939 Universal Blvd. in Orlando, Florida.


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