Thursday, February 14, 2013

Casual for a Cause

Florida Health Care Association staff raises funds for local charity

Florida Health Care Association recently kicked off a staff fundraiser to raise money for and awareness about heart disease in women. The “Casual for a Cause” program gives staff the opportunity to make a charitable contribution and dress-down on Fridays whenever the Legislature is convened (committee weeks and session).

The fundraising program is one that hits close to home for the Association. Last year, the daughter of FHCA Government Affairs Support Coordinator Teresa Hamlin passed away at the young age of 29. FHCA’s Casual for a Cause program honors the memory of Ramsey Brown, who worked as a legislative coordinator in Tallahassee. Ramsey was a vibrant spirit and will always be remembered for her passion for life.

In February (Heart Month), FHCA Senior Vice President Joe Mitchell (right) and Executive Director Emmett Reed joined Teresa Hamlin (right) to present a $500 check to the founders of Broken Hearts of Florida, Karen Chavez and Kim Rooks (pictured from left to right). Ramsey and Teresa were involved with the Tallahassee-based non-profit which supports, educates and connects families affected by congenital heart defects and other pediatric heart diseases.

“Life is precious, and FHCA is so pleased to be able to give back to an organization that recognizes that and does incredible work for local families,” said Emmett Reed.

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