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Health First Foundation to host 29th Annual Benefit Ball

Proceeds will enhance Health First's new Robotic-assisted surgery program

ROCKLEDGE, FL - Imagine having access to the world's most advanced medicine right here in Brevard County! That is exactly what patients are experiencing now with the new da Vinci Robotic Surgical System at Holmes Regional Medical Center. The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System harnesses the power of high-level robotics to deliver the most state-of-the-art care available.

Now, the Health First Foundation is taking steps to ensure Brevard residents continue to benefit from the incredible advances the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System provides. To that end, Health First Foundation leaders have announced that the proceeds from this year's 29th Annual Benefit Ball will fund a "Dual Console" for the new robotics-assisted surgery system at Holmes. The Health First Foundation Ball will be Saturday, April 16, from 6:30 to midnight in the Clemente Center at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. This year's ball theme is "An Evening of Modern Art & da Vinci Robotics: Where Art & Medicine Meet." Guests attending this black-tie affair will enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing, and entertainment aimed at raising funds the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System's "Dual Console."

The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System allows the expertly-trained surgeons at Holmes to use less-invasive robotics-assisted surgery to perform complex operations that were until recently impossible without major invasive procedures. Like other minimally-invasive procedures, robotics-assisted surgery is performed through a few tiny incisions. However, it offers surgeons higher magnification, better flexibility, and more precision than conventional laparoscopic surgery. Patients' recovery times are dramatically reduced along with their time in the hospital.

Health First Foundation Board member Polly Molnar of Cocoa Beach is serving as this year's Ball Committee chair. She and 20 other Ball Committee volunteers are working vigorously to plan this year's Gala event and solicit community sponsorships.

Tickets to the black-tie event are $225 per person and sponsorship opportunities begin at $1,000. Kimberly Meehan Agee and Kim Brown, who are serving as the Ball's Underwriting Co-chairs, will be contacting business and corporations for event sponsorships. Sponsors will receive special recognition according to level of contribution, including an invitation to a special 'Thank-You' Sponsor Party on April 5th.

For Ball tickets or sponsor information, call the Health First Foundation Office at 321-434-7353 or visit