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Health First Foundation to Host 13th Annual Grape Escape

Event to Raise Money for Heart & Vascular Hybrid Suite 

WHAT:  Health First Foundation will host the 13th Annual Grape Escape raising funds for a Heart and Vascular Hybrid Suite at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center. The hybrid suite will be dedicated to performing both minimally invasive procedures and open surgery during the same scheduled procedure.

WHEN: Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 6 pm -11 pm

WHERE:  Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando

BACKGROUND:  The Theme of the 2014 Grape Escape is La Dolce Vita-The Sweet Life, to celebrate Italian food, culture, and great Italian wines. There will be a multi-course gourmet dinner and each course will be specially paired with a premier wine. The Grape Escape will also feature a live and silent auction of valuable wines, a one-of-a-kind necklace from Wesche Jewelers, vacation packages, and more. For those truly wishing to “escape” for the weekend, The Rosen Shingle Creek has offered a special rate of $139 per night. For reservations, call 1-866-996-6338. Ask for the Health First Foundation Grape Escape group rate; limited availability.

Pam Gatto, owner of Gatto’s Tires and Auto Service and John Gallo of Raymond James and Associates will serve as Co-Chairs of the event and Phillip and Jeanne Farmer will serve as Honorary Chairs.  Serving as Underwriting Chairs are Larry Bishop, MD Health First Medical Group and Melissa Flammio Clark, CFP, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, and Silent Auction Co-Chairs are Jerri Figueora, wife of trauma surgeon Dr. Edgar Figueroa and Darcia Francey Jones, community volunteer.  Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Susan Ivey will serve as Auctioneers.

Sponsorships range from $1,250 to $25,000 and all sponsors are invited to the Wine Down After Party sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne.

For more information, call the Health First Foundation at 321-434-7353 or visit

About Health First

Founded in 1995, Health First is Central Florida’s only fully integrated delivery network (IDN) and employs more than 7,800 people. The integrator of its IDN is Health First Health Plans offering a wide variety of health insurance options across Central Florida. In addition it operates four hospitals (Cape Canaveral Hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital and Viera Hospital) and is home to Brevard County’s only Trauma Center. Health First Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty physician group on the Space Coast. Health First also offers numerous outpatient and wellness services, including Health First Aging Services, four Health First Pro-Health and Fitness Centers and Home and Hospice care. Visit for more information