Baptist Health South Florida, Mariners Hospital, Baptist Health Foundation

Baptist Health Foundation Bougainvillea Bash Raises More Than $632,000 for Mariners Hospital

April 7, 2022

TAVERNIER, FL — April 7, 2022 — More than 400 guests attended Baptist Health Foundation’s 2022 Bougainvillea Bash on Saturday, March 26 at Cheeca Lodge & Spa in Islamorada.  The Bash — a reimagined event based on the Foundation’s annual Bougainvillea Ball — raised $632,685 towards 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 offer a patient-friendly experience with a spacious opening and faster, more efficient imaging capabilities.

“Even though it was a bit 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 are helping provide advanced diagnostic care for residents and visitors in the upper Keys.”

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

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 in Tavernier is the only hospital in the Upper Keys, serving the community since 1962. It is a top-rated hospital in Florida for its quality, safety of care and low readmission rate. Some of the hospital’s services include emergency care, surgery, diagnostic imaging, cardiopulmonary, oncology care, orthopedics, rehabilitation, wound care, hyperbaric medicine and a Wellness Center.

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



The mission of Baptist Health Foundation is to inspire philanthropy and build extraordinary donor relationships in support of excellence, innovation, community wellness and global leadership in healthcare at Baptist Health South Florida. Through philanthropy, the Foundation supports and expands Baptist Health’s ability to provide outstanding patient care and bring the latest treatments to patients and families affected by a serious illness. Donor contributions also allow the Foundation to assist Baptist Health facilities in keeping pace with technology and equipment advances, perform cutting-edge research and offer continuing education opportunities to medical staff. Learn more at


Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 24,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 150 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Media Kit


Language Preference / Preferencia de idioma

I want to see the site in English

Continue In English

Quiero ver el sitio en Español

Continuar en español