Baptist Childrenâ€™s HospitalÂ celebrated itsÂ Hall of Dreams Gala, withÂ more than 350 business and community leaders and their children and grandchildren.Â The evening started with fun-filled reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and dancing, with Mistress of Ceremonies,Â Laurie Jennings of WPLG10.Â Honorary chairs were Selene and John Devaney, Ocean Bank and Sheridan Performance-Driven Physician Services were presenting sponsors, BenTrust supporting sponsor, and Bacardi as spirits sponsor.
Lani and Gene Drody were co-chairing the gala with Cristina & Matthew Sullivan and Gina & Peter Gardner. The evening honoree was local philanthropist Sherry Kranys, who donatedÂ one of the largest gifts in Baptist Children’s HospitalÂ history.Â The money will be used to establishÂ the Sherry Kranys Children’s Innovation Fund,Â which will match other donations received up to $200,000 per year for five years.
Proceeds from the gala will be used by Baptist Childrenâ€™s Hospital Foundation specifically for the Childrenâ€™s Cancer Caring Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Childrenâ€™s Emergency Care Center. At Baptist Childrenâ€™s Hospital, more than 200 pediatricians and 100 pediatric sub-specialists, backed by pediatric-trained nurses and support personnel, offer their expertise in nearly every field, providing healthcare services to children from birth to age 18.