From Trauma to Triumph

From Trauma to Triumph
Mark Velarde and Jessica Cummings with Kathy Barbour and Sean MacMaster

17th Annual A Night for Heroes Gala supports life-saving efforts of TraumaOne

UF Health Jacksonville held its annual black-tie fundraiser, the 17th Annual A Night for Heroes Gala, on Feb. 3 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront where guests celebrated the true heroics of UF Health Jacksonville staff and first responders, raised funds to provide state-of-the-art equipment and spread awareness of the value of a local Level I trauma center in our community.

The night’s 2024 honoree, Harvey Doliner, delivered a heartfelt message of the impact the organization had in his life, speaking about how UF Health Jacksonville and the TraumaOne helicopter saved his hand and arm, and gave him his life back after his life-threatening accident with a plane propeller.

“They really care,” Doliner said. “It’s so unbelievable, the dedication and care.”

A Night for Heroes was started in 2008 to help fund UF Health TraumaOne and has since expanded its support to the critical care units as well. Its Heroes Council has grown to 30 members strong, led this year by event co-chairs Olivia Frick and Jessica Cummings.

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