Annual Fundraiser Benefits Health First Breast Center

Health First Benefit Ball Committee (L-R): Cathy Johnson, Michelle Robinson, Judy Kraftchick, Lisa Troner, Tina Goins (Committee Chair), Pat Picornell, Kelly Palmer Stein, Jerri Figueroa, Nancy Taylor and Polly Molnar. Not pictured: Jessica André, Becky Dukes, Danielle Greenspoon, Susan Hammerling, Rita Moreno, Rob Perers, Meredith Shade, Bill Troner and Jessalyn Withers

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. (May 1, 2017) – The 2017 Health First Foundation Benefit Ball raised $360,000 to fund resources crucial to fighting breast cancer.

 With more than 300 attendees, the Benefit Ball was held Saturday, April 22, at the Charles and Ruth Clemente Center on the Florida Institute of Technology campus in Melbourne. With the theme of “La Noche Blanca: An Evening of Flamenco,” funds raised at the event will help bolster resources at the Health First Breast Center.

 Our host committee did an amazing job of transporting our guests to a lovely evening in Spain,” said Michael Seeley, President of the Health First Foundation. “We are humbled and grateful for the generosity shown to our families, friends and neighbors who are dealing with cancer.”

 The Health First Breast Center is a patient-centered, all-inclusive breast care facility dedicated to providing the most up-to-date technology in a supportive environment. Located at 1223 Gateway Drive in Melbourne, the Breast Center is staffed with an experienced team of medical professionals delivering compassionate, quality care. The team is dedicated to guiding patients during every step of their breast health journey. This specialized care offers a full spectrum of services not available anywhere else in Brevard.

 Over the past 35 years, the Health First Foundation Benefit Ball has raised more than $5.8 million for health and wellness services in our community. Previous beneficiaries include Hospice of Health First (including the Bright Star program for grieving children), Telemedicine–Emergency/Trauma Department, the daVinci Robotic Surgical System, VitalWatch, Digital Mammography Equipment, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center, the Stroke Program and the Peripheral Vascular Laboratory.

About Health First

Founded in 1995, Health First is Brevard County’s not-for-profit, community healthcare system. The fully integrated delivery network (IDN) includes health insurance plans, hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group and outpatient and wellness services. As a locally owned, not-for-profit organization, Health First is committed to investing in our community. In 2016, Health First provided more than $158 million in community support. To learn more about Health First and how we’re giving back to our community, please visit