In the fast-moving world of medical technology, one hospital’s outdated surplus goods can be another treasure. That’s the mission behind Medical Bridges, an organization that sends discarded stockpiles of medical equipment and supplies to communities around the world who need them. The Medical Bridges annual One People. One World. Gala at Hotel ZaZa raised more than $240,000 for the organization, drawing a crowd of 300 for the memorable event.
Chairwomen Kim Weill, Elizabeth Grzebinski, Dolly Dawson Thomas, and Elizabeth Kanaly, and honorary chairmen Tony Bradfield and Kevin Black of Tenenbaum Jewelers created a heartwarming evening, not skipping a beat when guest speaker Barbara Pierce Bush canceled due to illness. Instead, guests socialized and lingered over the silent auction and wine pull.
Elizabeth Kanaly was honored with the Dr. David Wray Award and Ecuador’s Society for Fighting Cancer, SOLCA received the Medical Bridges Corporate Honoree Award. The Global Community Honoree Award was sent to Bush for her work as the founder and president of a public health-focused nonprofit, Global Health Corps.
Seen in the crowd: Dorothy Bolettieri, president and CEO of Medical Bridges, Mary and Ron Neal, Steven Howard, Gina and Devinder Bhatia, Denise Castillo-Rhodes and Bob Sergesketter, Mike Weill, Pamela and Hayne Blakely, Drew Kanaly, Marguerite Swartz, and Deana Blackburn.