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TREASURE COAST -- The Martin Health Foundation LifeSavers have been raising funds to benefit the health and well-being of Treasure Coast families since 2002.
On July 20, the group of volunteers from Martin and St. Lucie counties hit a major milestone, topping $1 million in funds raised. They hit the mark with a sold-out Goombay Bash, the LifeSavers' signature event, which drew 850 people to the Jensen Beach Causeway Park and raised a total of $180,000.
"The LifeSavers exemplify the partnership Martin Health System has with the community," said Kelly Rowell, director of development for sustainable giving at Martin Health Foundation. "Many of them have started their families here, have used Martin Health's services, and want to make sure the same level of care is available for others. Their passion and dedication to this cause have made it successful."
Now in its 12th year, the Goombay Bash event featured a Polynesian theme with live music, entertainment, raffles, food and libations. The LifeSavers have become known for creating an elaborate, progressive event atmosphere - this year's Goombay featured live-streaming photos through social media, allowing guests to share the fun with people at the event and even those who were not in attendance.
The annual event supports mothers and babies born at Martin Medical Center, as well as pediatric care and rehabilitation. Event proceeds are used to purchase technology, equipment, renovations and fund special programs like the mother-baby home visit program.
In addition to programs currently subsidized by the LifeSavers, they have expanded their reach into St. Lucie County and are committed to help fund services provided at Tradition Medical Center, a new hospital in west Port St. Lucie opening in December. This new 90-bed facility will include 14 labor, delivery and recovery rooms, as well as six neonatal intensive care unit rooms.
Top sponsors of this year's event included: Balfour Beatty Construction, HKS, Harper Limbach and Team Tradition, MetCare & Humana, Michael Earley, Eventmakers International, Sailfish Splash Waterpark, AquaServices, Park Pharmacy and D'Agonstino Foundation, All Access AVL and Kathleen Wyatt Designs.
Martin Health System is a nonprofit, community-based health care organization that has served the region for more than 70 years. It offers a continuum of care including preventive, primary and acute hospital care, as well as cancer and cardiac care, wellness and rehabilitation services. Its approximately 3,000 associates, 375 affiliated physicians and more than 850 volunteers provide care at 12 different locations serving Martin and St. Lucie counties.
For more information, visit martinhealth.org.