Patrons of the Hearts gala moves to St. Nicholas

Patrons of the Hearts, a local nonprofit offering heart care to children from underdeveloped countries, has selected a new venue for its annual Artscapade fundraising gala. For the past six years, the party has been held at Riverside’s Daryl Bunn Studio with only one exception. This year, the fundraiser crosses the river to St. Nicholas and The Museum facility on Boulevard Center Drive.
Event organizers also announced judges for the event’s art competition. Several neighborhood luminaries are part of the lineup.
The venue and entertainment announcement came from University of Florida Pediatric Cardiovascular Center Medical Director Jose Ettedgui, M.D. and his wife Hilda Ettedgui, Patrons co-founder. Jose Ettedgui is a pediatric cardiologist who has personally performed many of the heart surgery patients that Patrons of the Hearts brings to Jacksonville. Since 2005, the group has coordinated travel and heart care for 59 children from 10 countries. A number of other UF pediatric cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and nurses as well as Wolfson Children’s Hospital specialists have assisted with this mission.
The Swing-Big Band-themed event will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19. It is the group’s largest fundraising event and incorporates artists from the North Florida and South Georgia region, and local art patrons, volunteers and supporters. The organization also uses the event as an opportunity to recognize Patrons of the Hearts supporters.
This year’s art competition will be judged by a group of local art enthusiasts and supporters that includes: Ortega resident Preston Haskell, chairman of The Haskell Co.; Wally Lee, president of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce; Cinda Sherman, publisher of Arbus magazine; Keith Faver and Jim Gray, FaverGray; Ginny Myrick, lobbyist and attorney; and Lisa Marston, head healthcare designer with Gresham-Smith.

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