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The Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation gratefully acknowledges the following individuals and companies who’ve made generous contributions, as well as gifts to special events. (Donations reflect cumulative giving since 2011.)

Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation appreciates the generosity of the corporations, foundations, and individuals who make a difference in our communities. Their generous support makes a positive impact on the lives of cancer patients in the state of Florida by allowing them to concentrate on fighting cancer, and not worry about paying essential living expenses. Thank you.

Distinguished Supporter ($250,000 to $1,000,000)
  • AmerisourceBergen Oncology Supply/ION Solutions

    Cancer Care Centers of Brevard Foundation

    Celgene Corporation

    Eisai

    Genentech USA

    Dr. Maen Hussein

    Lyrics for Life

Chairman's Circle ($100,000 to $249,999)
  • Abbvie, Inc.

    Dr. Patrick Acevedo

    Dr. Ahmed Al-Hazzouri

    Anonymous

    Banovic Living Trust

    Kathryn Beyn

    Bristol-Myers Squibb

    Dr. Hafeez Chatoor

    Dr. Julia Cogburn

    Community Foundation for Brevard

    Dr. Jennifer Cultrera

    Dean Family Charitable Foundation

    Dr. Michael Diaz

    Exelixis

    Dr. Lucio Gordan

    Dr. Ralph Gousse

    Incyte Corporation

    Ingrid Mahan Foundation

    Dr. Nuruddin Jooma

    Dr. Fadi Kayali

    Lyrics for Life

    Dr. Vijay Patel

    Dr. Vipul Patel

    PatientPoint

    Frank Rabbito

    Dr. Michael Raymond

    Dr. Mark Rubin

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Dr. Scott Tetreault

Leadership Circle ($75,000 to $99,999)
  • Amgen, Inc.

    Anonymous

    AstraZeneca

    Dr. Andres Bhatia

    Boca Royale Women's Golf Association

    Cure On Wheels

    Dr. Laura Dickerson

    Dr. Matthew Fink

  • Gilead Sciences, Inc.

    Dr. Sachin Kamath

    Dr. Christopher George

    Dr. Julio Lautersztain

    Dr. Don Luong

    Dr. Victor Melgen

    Wayne and Hattie Nicarry

    Dr. Miguel Pelayo

  • Dr. Ivor Percent

    Pfizer, Inc.

    Sandra Rowland

    Dr. Raul Storey-Rojas

    Dr. Jay Wang

    Dr. David Wenk

    Dr. Gail Wright

    Dr. Vance Wright-Browne

Ambassador ($50,000 to $74,999)
  • Dr. Roy Ambinder

    Dr. Jorge Ayub

    Patty and Jay Baker

    Dr. Jennifer Ball

    Dr. Richard Buck

    Cypress Cove

    Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

    Dr. Manuel De la Puerta

    Dex Imaging, Inc.

    Dr. Julia Cogburn

    Dr. Janice Eakle

    Dr. Imad El Jassous

    Dr. Maria Regina Flores

    Dr. Faithlore Gardner

    Shelly Glenn

    Guardant Health

  • Dr. Amir Harandi

    Dr. Douglas Heldreth

    Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

    Gary Jones

    Dr. Kapisthalam Kumar

    Dr. Mary Li

    Dr. Andrew Lipman

    Dr. Christopher Lobo

    Dr. Joseph Mace

    Margaret F. Kechler Trust

    Dr. Magda Melchert

    Herb Moller

    Dr. Pareshkumar Patel

    Dr. Hitesh Patel

    Dr. John Peterson

    Pharmacyclics

  • Terri and Brad Prechtl

    Dr. James Reeves

    Dr. Pablo Reyes

    Dr. Wasif Riaz

    Dr. Frank Rodriguez

    Dr. Silvia Romero

    Dr. Shalin Shah

    Etta and Lionel Smith

    James and Ann Strenk

    The Andrew and Judith Economos Foundation

    Dr. Vu Tran Ho

    Truist Bank, formerly Suntrust

    Unlimited Systems

    Dr. Marays Veliz

    Dr. Robert Waide Weaver

    Dr. Lane and Terri Ziegler

Grand Benefactor ($25,000 to $49,999)
  • Jean Ackerman

    Dr. Syed Ahmed

    Michael Aizenstadt

    Amazing Race for Charity

    Anonymous

    Dr. Brian Berry

    Dr. Viralkumar Bhanderi

    Black Diamond Ladies Golf Association

    Dr. Rafael William Blanco

    Boehringer Ingelheim

    Dr. Luis Carrascosa

    Dr. Kerry Chamberlain

    Colleen and Robert Chappell

    Dr. Mamta Choksi

    Dr. Luis Chu

    Dr. Servillano de la Cruz

    Dr. Alpana Desai

    Dr. Paul Dodd

    Thomas Drago

    Dr. Ray Esper

    Fidelity Charitable

    Dr. Gustavo Fonseca

  • Genzyme Corporation/Sanofi

    Dr. Alexander Glick

    Dr. Joel Grossman

    Dr. William B. Grow

    Dr. Shemin Gupta

    Dr. William Harwin

    Heron Therapeutics, Inc.

    Dr. Renjitha Ignatius

    IntegraConnect

    Dr. Vasundhara Iyengar

    Janssen Biotech, Inc.

    Dr. Rebecca Kosloff

    Lockton

    Lund Capital

    Dr. Arthur Matzkowitz

    Dr. Noel Maun

    Dr. Kottapurath Moideen

    Network For Good

    Optimal Outcomes

    Kathy Oster

    Mary Palmer

    Dr. Y. K. Peter Park

  • Dr. Shachar Peles

    Dr. Mary Kay Peterson

    Dr. Craig Reynolds

    Dr. Mark Robbins

    Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation

    Nina and Todd Schonherz

    Seattle Genetics

    Dr. Joseph Sennabaum

    Dr. Caryn Silver

    Dr. Arsh Singh

    Dr. Yaman Suleiman

    SunTrust Bank

    Swim Across America

    Tampa Bay Lightning

    Tesaro, Inc.

    Dr. Sandeep Thaper

    Thomas Uhler

    Dr. Sumithra Vattigunta

    Anthony Wolfe

    Dr. David Wright

    Dr. Syed Zafar

    Dr. Egberto Zayas

Benefactor ($15,000 to $24,999)
  • Cancer Advocacy Resources Education (C.A.R.E)

    Dr. Geethanjali Akula

    Dr. Jose Alemar

    Dr. Christopher Alexander

    Alltrust Insurance

    Anonymous

    Ray Bailey

    Dr. Gregoire Bergier

    Dr. Karin Bigman

    Dr. Sawsan Bishay

    Black Diamond Foundaton, Inc.

    Dr. Richard Brown

    Simon Canasi

    Dr. Stefani Capone

    Sarah Cevallos

    Paul Chadwick

    Barbara Clay

    Clovis Oncology

    Karen Crupi

    Dr. Uday Dandamudi

    Dr. Hugo Davila

    Dendreon Pharmaceuticals

    Dr. Kathleen Doughney

    Dr. Ramana Dutt

    Michael Eddy

    Eluned and Edward Russell Charitable Foundation

    Jeffery Esham

    Evie's Golf Center, Inc.

    Kirsten Ferrara

    Flatiron Health

    Dr. Sunil Gandhi

    Dr. Larry Gandle

    Dr. Todd Gersten

    Dr. Paul Gonter

    Dr. Howard Goodman

  • Dr. Vivian Griffin

    Dr. Elizabeth Guancial

    Halifax River Yacht Club

    Dr. William Harrer

    Dr. Lowell Hart

    Kari Hyde

    IP Datasystems

    Dr. Ananth Iyer

    Dr. Blessy Jacob

    Dr. Mehnaz Junagadhwalla

    Dr. Geetha Kamath

    Dr. Richard Knipe

    Dr. Gajanan Kulkarni

    Jill and Ken Kummer

    Paul LeBlanc

    Leland Foundation Inc

    Dr. Robin Lifton

    Logic Technology Inc

    Dr. Eric Lubiner

    Dr. Scott Lunin

    Dr. Vikas Malhotra

    Dr. Idelfia Marte

    Dr. Michael McCleod

    Dr. Elisabeth McKeen

    Dr. Noor Merchant

    Stephanie Milner

    Dr. Edgar Miranda

    Terri and Steve Moellers

    Dr. David Molthrop

    Moulder Family Foundation

    Myriad Genetics

    Dr. Shilpa Oberoi

    Oncology Managers of Florida, Inc.

    Dr. Anjan Patel

    Kapilaben K. Patel

  • Dr. Manish Patel

    Dr. Shilen Patel

    Linda and Jeffrey Phipps, Sr.

    Dr. Vanrajsinh Rana

    Dr. V. Upender Rao

    Dr. Raju Rao

    Lynn & Ed Rasys

    Dr. Marilyn Raymond

    Dr. Praveen Reddy

    Michelle Robey

    Dr. Rakesh Rohatgi

    Dr. Neal Rothschild

    Richard Ruch

    Dr. Padmaja Sai

    Peter Scott-Hansen

    SDI Diagnostic Imaging

    Dr. Amit Shah

    Dr. Sonalee Shroff

    Dr. Avram Smukler

    Dr. Gerald Sokol

    Dr. Andres Soriano

    Carol Spira

    Dr. Daniel Spitz

    Taiho Oncology

    Takeda Pharmaceuticals

    Dr. Huayang Tang

    Dr. Koteshwar Telukuntla

    John Teti, Jr.

    Teva Oncology

    The Patterson Foundation, C/O Community Foundation of Sarasota County

    Ana Van Der Wall

    Verastem, Inc.

    Mark Wintrub

Friend of the Foundation ($10,000 to $14,999)
  • AdventHealth

    Anonymous

    Ramon Arredondo

    Dr. Ayman Barakat

    Barbara Anne Kinkel Estate

    David Barton

    Bayer Pharmaceuticals

    Be Great Like Kate Foundation

    Jackie Bearse

    Dr. Rasha Beg

    Bernard F. & Mary Ann Powell Foundation, Inc.

    Blue Ocean Brokerage

    Dan Branch

    Dr. Jeffrey Bubis

    Chad Burrows

    Dr. Ernesto Bustinza

    Dr. Elizabeth Byron

    CareCentrix

    Caris Life Sciences

    Center for Special Needs Trust Administration, Inc.

    Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company

    Community Foundation of Sarasota County

    The CM Group

    Kathleen and George Doehner

    Phebe and Peter Elliott

    Doug Esson

    Estate of Alicia Dawn Emond

    Dr. Adewale Fawole

    Fit2Run

    Florida Crystals Corporation

    Brian Fulton

    Fun Spot of Florida

    Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Inc.

  • Eric Harris

    Dr. James Harris

    Dr. Cherylle Harris

    Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.

    Jean and Leo Hertzog

    Howard and Elaine Specter Charitable Fund

    Rose Huro

    Inspire Oncology, LLC

    IQVIA Inc. dba Astrazeneca

    Dr. Meera Iyengar

    Joyce Jackowski

    Jewish Communal Fund

    Johnlou Family Foundation

    Mohammad Kamal

    Carene and Frederick Kengeter

    Elizabeth Kent

    Dr. Mudussara Khan

    Char Lupke

    LWR Communities LLC

    Luitpold Pharmaceuticals

    Shawn Mecchella

    Kelly & Rusty Melle

    Merck

    Moffitt Cancer Center

    Multhauf Foundation LTD

    Dr. Daniel Morris

    Dr. Yallappa Nadiminti

    Dr. Amy Nance

    Nanostring Technologies

    Adele Naugle

    NCH Healthcare Foundation

    Dr. Philip Ndum

    Joyce Nelson

  • NeoGenomics Laboratories

    Raymond Netherwood

    New York Yankees Tampa Foundation

    Octapharma

    Omega Office Systems

    Onyx Pharmaceuticals

    Dr. Stephen Orman

    Vipul and Shilpa Patel

    Dhvanit Patel

    Paul H. Pusey Foundation

    Margaret Powers

    Radiology Regional Center

    Florence Robbins

    Denise Rousseau

    S&J Family Fund — Shirley & John Ardolino

    Michael Scott

    SDI Radiology

    Dr. Vina and Ramesh Shah

    John Sodeika

    Spectrum Pharmaceuticals

    Joseph Sullivan

    The CM Group

    Tom Watts Memorial, Inc.

    Dr. Ram Tummala

    David Tyson

    UBS Donor-Advised Fund

    Dr. Augusto Villegas

    Meg Vona

    Walt and Gerry Mattson Charitable Fund

    Dr. Judy Wang

    Ruth and Robert Weaver

    Wendover Corporation

    Robert Whorf


          *Member

Meet Antonio Azzato, the visionary behind the Las Meninas Sculpture Project. To continue the successful and positive spirit of the Las Meninas project in Madrid, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) and Healing Arts in Medicine are bringing Antonio Azzato’s vision to the United States for the first time.

Azzato was born and raised in Venezuela and has Italian and Spanish roots. He has raised more than 550K euros for different charitable foundations. His experience in the engineering, business, marketing, and interior design fields has given him the technical and artistic training to develop his Meninas Gallery project, which has positioned the silhouette of the Menina as the new icon of the city of Madrid, where he currently resides. Learn more about Antonio here.

The History of "Las Meninas"

Painted by Diego Velázquez in 1656,“Las Meninas” translates to Ladies in Waiting.  Considered a masterpiece depicting life in the court of King Philip IV of Spain, the painting represents a turning point in art history for the way in which Velázquez broke from the stiff formal portraits that typically defined royal subjects.

What is the Las Meninas Sculpture Project?

Inspired by the iconic painting “Las Meninas,” which translates to “Ladies in Waiting,” Spanish artist and sculptor Antonio Azzato created larger than life-size statues, fashioned in the shape of the Ladies in Waiting in the famous painting, that have been displayed in the streets of Madrid every fall since 2018.  The statues are painted by various Spanish artists and celebrities and used to raise money for different charities.  For the project with Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), smaller statues that are white, like a blank canvas, will be distributed to 12 designated FCS clinics. Together with local artists, patients will bring their Las Meninas vision to life, giving each statue its own unique theme and color palette.

One World to Heal

Once complete, the Las Meninas sculptures will be on display in local communities, raising awareness of the extreme healing power of art in medicine. After a months-long tour of the state, each will be placed on auction. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation. The Foundation assists cancer patients in need in Florida with essential everyday living expenses.

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After Your Event

Don’t Forget to Thank Everyone for Their Support

 

  • Thank your sponsors, committee members and other special supporters immediately after the event. A hand-written note, phone call or personal email will be greatly appreciated and will encourage supporters to come back next time!

  • Post ‘Thank You’ messages and photos on social media.

  • Mail a check to:
    Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation
    5985 Silver Falls Run, Suite 210
    Bradenton, FL 34211

  • Once we receive your donation, an acknowledgement letter will be sent to you for tax purposes.

 

Thank you for hosting a successful event that helps cancer patients in need!

Use Various Media to Maximize Publicity for Your Event

These publicity tips and tools will help increase exposure for your event through various media, at very little cost. (Media outlets could include local radio, TV and newspapers, community calendars, social media, such as Facebook, Instagram, etc.).

Create a Timeline to Maximize Publicity

A realistic timeline is important in planning a publicity strategy for your event. Keep this timeline in mind as you put together a publicity plan:

3-4 months before the event:
Identify your target audience based on demographics, interests, and location; develop a targeted media list.

4-6 weeks before the event:
Distribute media materials (i.e., media alert, listing on a community calendar, Facebook posts, Instagram, etc.). Be creative in developing the media materials – what makes your fundraiser different? Media outlets receive hundreds of requests to publicize non-profit events; they can’t publicize everyone – so make sure that YOUR EVENT is so special, different and appealing that it will be hard for the media outlet to resist!

2 weeks before the event:
Make follow-up calls and send e-mails to local media who received the information. Re-send information if they have not received it.

1-2 days before the event:
Email and/or fax a media alert with the basic information about your event (who, what, when, where and why) to the TV news assignment desks and photo desks at the daily or weekly newspapers.

Take Lots of Photos

Photos are a great way to document your event, whether for publicity or simply to share with family and friends. Here are some tips on capturing special moments at your fundraiser:
  • Write out a targeted shot list in advance to make sure you get photos of everything and everyone
  • Take candid and close-up shots that capture the different aspects of your fundraiser
  • Capture images of your sponsors
  • Include three to four people in a photo for the best publicity shot
  • If taking photos on your phone, turn your phone in the horizontal position
  • Send photos to Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation for approved use on social media and website (Please make sure you have permission from the individuals in the photo and include their names)

Ideas for Your Fundraiser Event

The following are just a few ideas for your community fundraiser.  We suggest thinking of something you enjoy doing (e.g., book club, cooking, golf, tennis, bingo, music) and working to add a fundraising component into that. This way, you are not starting from scratch and, in addition to giving back to a great cause, you are doing something you love!

FACEBOOK
You can easily raise money on your Facebook page by clicking on “Raise Money” on your post, including a special message of inspiration or in celebration of your birthday or notable anniversary.

BIRTHDAY/ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Do you have an upcoming birthday, anniversary, shower, or bar/bat mitzvah? Consider contributing to FCS Foundation, in lieu of personal gifts – and ask your friends and family to do the same. This is a great way to get the kids involved!

COCKTAIL PARTY
Throw a cocktail party in your home or at a local restaurant or bar. Many venues provide great deals for non-profit events. For example, ask your friends to donate $50 per person to attend — if you spend no more than $20 per person on the food, you will have a good amount left over after expenses to donate. Include a chance drawing or auction to increase revenue.

GARAGE SALE
Ask friends and neighbors to clean out their basement or garage for a good cause. Organize a garage sale, and you’ll clean out your house while supporting cancer patients in need in our community at the same time!

GOLF OUTING OR TOURNAMENT
Whether planning a small golf outing with friends and family or a larger tournament for your business, think about making every stroke really count by partnering with us to give back to the patients at FCS Foundation!

INDEPENDENT BUSINESS GIVES BACK
Are you a local independent business owner, restaurant or retail owner who is looking to align with a great cause? Whether donating a percentage of proceeds for a day, or a week, or simply collecting an ‘extra tip’ for the FCS Foundation, you can make a difference while you work.

SCHOOL FUNDRAISER
Kids love to help!  Have fun with your students teaching them about the meaning of philanthropy, with anything from a read-a-thon to a bake sale. Be creative! We’d love to hear about your school fundraiser ideas and stories.

SELL, SELL, SELL!
Many marketing/promotional item companies offer a lot of discounted items. Create T-shirts, bracelets, key chains, etc., and sell them at a price more than your cost to create revenue.

TRIVIA NIGHT
This is a fun way to raise funds while increasing awareness about pediatric illnesses. Host your trivia night at a restaurant or other local establishment and invite between 10 and 50 of your friends and family.

PURSE BINGO
Hold a bingo night and charge people to play ($20 for 4 cards, $40 for 8 cards, etc.) Instead of cash prizes, the prizes are designer or vintage purses that have been donated. One of the trendiest and easiest events to organize!

Getting Started

Deciding to host a community fundraiser for the FCS Foundation is a huge accomplishment in itself — thank you!


Here are 10 steps to help you get started:

1. Form a planning committee. Bring together a group of enthusiastic, dedicated people, who share a passion and interest in raising money for cancer patients and their families. This will increase the probability of a successful event.

2. Brainstorm. Members of your planning committee can brainstorm ideas for your fundraiser. Let your imagination guide you — and be sure to consider the special talents of committee members and their contacts in the community! The more people who participate in the planning phase, the more committed they’ll be later.

3. Choose the “right” event. The type of event you choose should fit the size, interests, talents, goals, and time availability of your planning committee.

4. Identify your target audience. Consider who is most likely to attend and support the type of event you have selected. Will the event appeal to everyone? families? adults only?

5. Develop a budget. Try to identify all the expenses involved with your event (invitations, postage, rental space, signage, food and catering, promotional materials, website, advertising, etc.) Then think about possible sources of funds, including people and companies you know that may be able to donate products (food, equipment) or services (graphic design, printing, photography) to reduce your costs. This will help keep your costs down, which is something everyone will appreciate.

6. Develop an event timeline. A timeline is important in planning a publicity strategy for your event. Work backwards from the event date – publicity should start four to six weeks prior to the event.

7. Schedule the event. Select a time that is appropriate and convenient for those who will be attending. Be sure to check local community calendars for conflicting events.

8. Open a bank account. You may find that you will need to establish a bank account to accommodate incoming revenue and expenses. This can be done by visiting a local bank and creating a business account under your event’s name.

9. Collect all funds. We ask that all event proceeds designated for the FCS Foundation be forwarded to the Foundation within 30 days following the conclusion of your event.

10. Say thank you! Sending thank-you letters, notes, or e-mails to everyone who participated in or supported your event shows your appreciation and reinforces their goodwill about the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation.
Miguel