Raising Funds for the Space Coast’s ‘Crown Jewels’

Larry Bishop, M.D. of MIMA Dermatology believes the only way to be a part of a community is to give of yourself.  “This is how I was raised, and it is one of my core values,” he says.  And he certainly walks the walk.

Through donation of either time or money, Dr. Bishop and his wife of 30 years, Cindy, an attorney and mediator, support a virtual laundry list of local organizations – including the King Center for the Performing Arts, MIMA Foundation (of which Dr. Bishop was a founding member), Brevard Bar Association, Brevard Zoo and Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center Heart Institute.  The Bishops believe strongly in raising up service organizations that ultimately raise up the Space Coast

The Heart Institute in particular holds a close place in Dr. Bishop’s heart – literally.  In December 2007, Dr. Bishop had a heart attack that left him in the care of cardiologist Steve Karas, M.D. at the institute.  Dr. Bishop was so impressed with the superlative care he received, he made it a mission of his to raise money for new equipment to keep the Heart Institute on the forefront of medicine for years to come.

Today, he is one of the driving forces behind Health First Foundation’s “Grape Escape,” an annual event that pairs gourmet wine and food to raise funds for the institute.  Last year’s event garnered nearly $300,000.

Modeled after donor and volunteer appreciation dinners that commonly complement events and charities in bigger cities, in 2011, the Bishops collaborated with Phil and Jeanne Farmer to host an intimate wine dinner for Grape Escape’s most generous supporters. “We held a 100-point wine dinner (at the Farmers’ Indialantic home) complete with wine pairings that were among the best wines ever produced,” says Dr. Bishop, who donated the wines for the event.  Wanting to take the Grape Escape donor and volunteer appreciation dinner a step further, in 2012, Dr. Bishop sponsored the event held at Café Boulud in Palm Beach that included a seven-course meal.

Dr. Bishop is also a huge supporter of Brevard Zoo, which he believes is a fantastic educational resource for old and young alike, especially as it applies to educating youth about environmental concerns.  In 2009, his fundraising efforts generated over $100,000 for the zoo, which primarily went to their animal hospital’s renovations.  He is currently exploring avenues with the Zoo’s development director, Karen Davis, to raise funds in conjunction with the Jaguar Society, a group comprised of the Zoo’s most generous donors.

Dr. Larry and Cindy Bishop originally moved to the Space Coast in 1995 with their two children, Daniel and Liana.  Dr. Bishop founded the dermatology department at MIMA, which has since grown to include two physicians and eight physician extenders.  For more information, visit Bishop.MIMADerm.com