425 guests followed the yellow brick road on Feb. 8 to the
2014 Cleveland Clinic Florida Ball, themed Somewhere
Over the Rainbow.
Thanks to the leadership of chairpersons Patrick
Park and Geri and Frank
Morrow, this year’s magical event raised an impressive
$1.1 million to enhance and advance the premier medical
programs and services offered at Cleveland Clinic Florida’s
offices in West Palm Beach, Weston, Palm Beach Gardens and
Parkland. Their efforts were aided by vice-chairmen Diana
Ecclestone, Jane and Bill
Told and Robert and Suzanne
Tomsich and international
Trump. The grand honorary chairwoman was Sydell
L. Miller, who was recognized for her exceptional
advocacy and support of the Cleveland Clinic.
The Wizard of Oz-inspired theme was successfully carried
through in all aspects of the event by designer Bruce Sutka,
starting from the magnificent Mar-a-Lago Club lit up in
emerald green to a colorful hot air balloon decorating the
lawn. Guests entered the ballroom through a maze depicting
scenes from the movie. The journey began with whirling
tornados and ended at Oz with the exit flanked by the entire
cast of characters – Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly
Lion and the Tinman, oh
my! Dinner and dancing was set to music by the
unmatched talent of Soul Survivors.
A special highlight of the evening was the presentation of
the Sydell L. Miller Award. Dr.
Toby Cosgrove, CEO of Cleveland Clinic, presented the
award to Kathryn Vecellio for
her loyal dedication to supporting the organization’s
mission of bringing world-class care to its patients.
to the evening’s festivities, two luxury items were
auctioned to raise additional funds for Cleveland Clinic
Florida. A handsome men’s watch by Ulysse Nardin, valued at
$22,000 and a gorgeous ring and earring set by jewelry
designer, Jean Schlumberger from Tiffany & Co. in Palm
Beach, valued at $23,900.
Guests at the reception included honorary chairmen, Hermé
de Wyman Miro and Judith
Murat Grubman; president
of Cleveland Clinic Florida, Dr.
Bernardo Fernandez; Peter
Schuette, general manager of Saks Fifth Avenue, a
corporate sponsor of the event; Dr. Viviane
Connor, medical director of Cleveland Clinic West Palm
Beach; Nancy and Gene
Beard; Joseph and Suzanne
Adler and Cindy
Bowden; Lois Pope; Seymour andEvelyn
Scaravilli and KK
Sullivan and Jamal
Ghani, Cleveland Clinic Florida’s newly appointed chief
executive administrative officer.
For more information, contact Cleveland Clinic Philanthropy
(561) 804-0264 or email