By Jennifer Smith
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – The Broward Health Foundation last night presented a check for more than $28,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. The donation is part of Broward Health’s continued commitment to support its neighbors in the Bahamas islands most-affected by the storm.
In the days following the September hurricane, Broward Health leadership, employees and caregivers rallied to help. Broward Health President and CEO Gino Santorio led efforts to send much-needed supplies on an air ambulance, and the Foundation established an Employee Giving Campaign. Collectively, the Broward Health team raised $28,134 to support the ongoing efforts of the American Red Cross.
“This was a tremendous show of support by Broward Health employees and caregivers, as well as our community, who donated their time and monetary gifts for those in need,” said David Clark, Senior Vice President of Operations.
The check was presented at the North Broward Hospital District board meeting as Broward Health leaders detailed the significant efforts made by the American Red Cross to help evacuees settle locally, as well highlighted their continued on-the-ground support in the Bahamas and initial emergency response to the humanitarian crisis.
On hand for the check presentation were Foundation representatives Lisa Davis, Amy Miller, and Wendy Erdmann, as well as North Broward Hospital District Chair Ray Berry, Vice Chair Nancy Gregoire, and Commissioners Stacy Angier, Christopher Ure, and Marie Waugh, and Santorio, Alan Goldsmith, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, and Alex Fernandez, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. American Red Cross of Broward’s Chair Cindy Imperato, board member Liz Caldwell, and Regional Philanthropy Officer Kevin Moran accepted the donation.
“The American Red Cross is extremely grateful to the Broward Health team for their generous support that will help aid our relief efforts for all those impacted by Hurricane Dorian,” said Moran. “Because of Broward Health and so many compassionate people, the Red Cross will be able to make a powerful difference for so many during these challenging times.”