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Baptist Health Foundation’s A Bougainvillea Evening of Gratitude Celebrates Major Donors to Baptist Health Mariners Hospital

February 9, 2024

TAVERNIER, FL - February 9, 2024 - More than 250 guests attended A Bougainvillea Evening of Gratitude benefiting Baptist Health Mariners Hospital, which was held on January 27, 2024 at the Cheeca Lodge & Spa in Islamorada, Florida. The event raised over $260,000 as the Foundation celebrated its Giving Society members and other donors to Baptist Health Mariners Hospital in Tavernier. All proceeds from the evening will support the hospital’s most critical needs. 

Jason Koler from Keys Weekly was the emcee and auctioneer of the evening. The event featured a cocktail hour, dinner, live auction, live band and more. Speakers included Barbara James, Baptist Health Foundation VP; Holly Raschein, Monroe County Mayor and event chair; Patti Stanley, Baptist Health Foundation Mariners Hospital Council chair; Bette Brown, Mariners Hospital Board chair and Drew Grossman, Mariners Hospital and Fishermen’s Community Hospital CEO. 

“I am humbled by the outpouring of community support Mariners Hospital has received over the years,” said Patti Stanley.  “Our donors should be proud to know that they have made a tremendous difference to the hospital’s patients and staff.” 

Drew Grossman added, “At Mariners Hospital, we are here to provide care for our community when it’s needed most. We remain a small hospital with a very large heart, and an integral part of our community. We are dedicated to excellence in every respect – from our caring employees and superior physicians to the latest medical technology. However, as a not-for-profit organization, we can’t accomplish it without the generous support of our donors.”

Gold sponsors of the event included Engel Construction, Inc and Kathy White DAF Charitable Fund. Silver sponsors included Jeannie Bolesky, First Horizon Bank, Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty, TD Bank and Terra Technical Services LLC. Bronze sponsors included American Caribbean Real Estate, Barb & Mike Benninger and Family, Caribee Boat Sales & Marina, Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Co., First State Bank, Elaine & William Gilbert Jr., Barbara Pugh & Brian DeVries, Holly Raschein and the Rich Family Foundation.

Founded in 1962, Baptist Health Mariners Hospital in Tavernier is a vital part of the Florida Keys community and a top-rated hospital in Florida for quality, safety and low readmission rate. The facility is a 25-bed critical access hospital with medical-surgical and intensive care units. Its dedicated, bilingual staff and highly skilled doctors provide a top-quality, caring patient experience. 

About Baptist Health Foundation
The mission of Baptist Health Foundation is to inspire philanthropy and build extraordinary donor relationships in support of excellence, innovation, community wellness and global leadership in healthcare at Baptist Health. Through philanthropy, the Foundation supports and expands Baptist Health’s ability to provide outstanding patient care and bring the latest treatments to patients and families affected by a serious illness. Donor contributions also allow the Foundation to assist Baptist Health facilities in keeping pace with technology and equipment advances, perform cutting-edge research and offer continuing education opportunities to medical staff. Learn more at and connect with us on Instagram and Facebook. 

About Baptist Health
Baptist Health is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 27,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 200 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned institutes specializing in cancer care, brain and spine care, heart and vascular care and orthopedic care. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and The Baptist Health PineApp, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and is the most awarded healthcare system in South Florida by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, TikTok and LinkedIn.


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