Health First Foundation Benefit Ball Set for April 16 at the Clemente Center at Florida Tech

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Fundraiser Benefits Health First Cancer Institute

ABOVE VIDEO: Health First Foundation President Terry Mohr explains how the annual ball benefits Brevard County. (Health First Video Via YouTube)

ROCKLEDGE • BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Health First Foundation Benefit Ball will be April 16 at the Charles and Ruth Clemente Center on the Florida Institute of Technology campus in Melbourne.

This year’s ball, themed “A Walk in Wonderland,” will benefit the Health First Cancer Institute, which is committed to providing the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care for the community, according to a news release.

The funds raised will enable the cancer institute to provide the resources and — more importantly — the hope that neighbors, friends and family members need to win their battle with cancer.

With a multidisciplinary team and Brevard County’s only gynecologic oncologists, Health First Cancer Institute is committed to enabling patients to stay close to their friends, family and neighbors utilizing clinical pathways, onsite lab and advanced technology in a supportive and caring environment with multiple locations for convenience, the release stated.

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Over the past 34 years, the Health First Foundation Benefit Ball has raised more than $5 million for health and wellness services in the community, the release stated. Last year’s ball raised more than $451,000 for the institute.

Previous beneficiaries include the Breast Center, Hospice, Telemedicine – Emergency/Trauma Department, the daVinci Robotic Surgical System, Bright Star, VitalWatch, Digital Mammography Equipment, NICU at Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center, the Stroke Program and the Peripheral Vascular Laboratory.

This year’s committee for the Health First Foundation Benefit Ball is comprised of Rob Perers (from left), Nancy Taylor, Theresa Williams, Judy Kraftchick, Cathy Johnson, Jeanne André, Jessica André (committee chairwoman), Pat Picornell, Tina Goins (underwriting chairwoman), Meredith Ferguson Shade and Shelby Douglass. (Health First Image)

This year’s event features food, music and dancing, and more than 500 people are expected to attend. Individual and corporate sponsorships are available.

For sponsorship information, contact Rachel Nave Hobgood, administrator of special events for the foundation, at 321-434-7353 or