‘Celebration of Giving’ by Health First Foundation Shines Spotlight on Major Contributions and Inspiring Moments at the American Muscle Car Museum

    How Selfless is Giving if it Feels So Great?

    Have you ever wondered how selfless giving truly is if it brings such immense joy? This question was brought to light at Mark Pieloch’s American Muscle Car Museum in Melbourne during the Health First Foundation’s Celebration of Giving event.

    Painter Jan Bryant, who hosts monthly painting workshops at Health First’s Aging Services’ Center for Family Caregivers, pondered this riddle. These workshops cater to adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia, providing them with a creative outlet free of charge. Bryant admitted that while she does it for the benefit of others, she also feels an overwhelming sense of fulfillment, making it difficult to deem her acts truly selfless.

    Bryant is not alone in grappling with this notion. The Celebration of Giving showcased numerous inspiring individuals, life-saving acts of generosity, and significant donors, all surrounded by a captivating exhibit of vintage Ford GTs and Shelby Cobras.

    One remarkable honoree was Meredith Haley, whose late mother, Myra Igo Haley, dedicated a substantial portion of her estate to funding life-saving technologies. In recognition of her contribution, an Electrophysiology lab will be named after her.

    Shirley Friedland, herself a retired professional fundraiser, and her husband, Paul Friedland, also made a significant contribution to the health system. Their generous gift, combined with other donors, supports the funding of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker position at the Health First Cancer Institute. Their commitment to giving extends beyond this project, as they also contribute to the Compassionate Care Fund and the Bright Star Center for Grieving Children and Families.

    The event featured several other highlights, such as the Nursing Scholarships program, which has empowered countless nurses to further their education. Additionally, the Holmes Regional Medical Center’s Heart Center celebrated its 1,000th successful transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The Golf Classic, another notable endeavor, raised millions for Health First’s Aging Services.

    Dana and Briggs Kilbourne and Kent Smith, Health First’s board chair and Interim CEO, shared their personal experiences with the health system. Smith, a cancer survivor, expressed his profound gratitude for the support he received throughout his journey. Pieloch, the host of the evening, also praised Health First for the exceptional care he, his wife, and his son received when seeking medical treatment.

    The Celebration of Giving served as a reminder of the remarkable impact that selfless giving can have on individuals and communities. It prompted attendees to reflect on the question of whether true selflessness exists when giving brings such immense joy. Regardless, the contributions made by those honored at the event demonstrate the power of generosity and how it can transform lives.

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    In a world where acts of kindness often go unnoticed, it is essential to celebrate and recognize those who go above and beyond to make a difference. The Celebration of Giving was a testament to the incredible impact that selfless giving can have on both the giver and the recipient.

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