More than 400 guests attended the Baptist Health Foundation’s 2022 Bougainvillea Bash on March 26 at the Cheeca Lodge & Spa in Islamorada. The bash — a reimagined event based on the foundation’s annual Bougainvillea Ball — raised $632,685 for the purchase of a state-of-the-art Siemens MRI scanner at Mariners Hospital, part of Baptist Health.

The scanner will provide physicians with the most accurate diagnoses and provide a patient-friendly experience with a spacious opening and faster, more efficient imaging capabilities.

“Although it was a little different than usual, this year’s Bougainvillea Bash was a huge success,” said Alex Villoch, CEO of Baptist Health Foundation. “We are very grateful to our donors and corporate partners who remain committed to this annual fundraising event. They help provide advanced diagnostic care to residents and visitors to the Upper Keys.

Celebrated under the stars on the tennis courts at the Cheeca Lodge resort, the Bougainvillea Bash featured interactive dinner and dessert stations, a live auction and DJ entertainment. The event also featured a raffle sponsored by Caribee Boat Sales and Marina. The winner of the 2022 Hewes 16-foot Redfisher in Atlantic Blue, Yamaha F90 and AmeraTrail Trailer was Dynis Medina. Caribee Boat Sales & Marina of Islamorada is a long time sponsor of the Bougainvillea Ball and has donated boats in support of the Mariners Hospital Raffle for the past 19 years.

Dynis Medina won the 2022 Hewes 16ft Redfisher and trailer. CONTRIBUTED

The Bougainvillea Bash event committee was chaired by Holly Merrill Raschein and included Emily Carter, Maggie Diaz, Linsey Ekblom, Christina Steele and Claudia Stober. Platinum sponsors included Steven and Kathy Holmes, and Lindy & Joe Roth. Gold sponsors included Gary and Kathy Marowske, and Ray and Mary Jane Tacoma.

Mariners Hospital of Tavernier is the only hospital in the Upper Keys, serving the community since 1962. It is one of Florida’s top hospitals for quality, safety of care, and low readmission rates. Some of the services at the hospital include emergency care, surgery, diagnostic imaging, cardiopulmonary care, cancer care, orthopedics, rehabilitation, wound care, hyperbaric medicine, and a wellness center -be.

“Mariners Hospital has deep roots in the Upper Keys,” said Jay Hershoff, chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees. “The caring and compassion of clinical staff at the hospital has created lifelong relationships, and the Bougainvillea Bash is an opportunity for the community to come together and support them with the resources they need.

Lillian L. Pena