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Jess Parrish Medical Foundation to Host Annual Gala "Fly Me to the Moon"

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (September 14, 2018)—Extraordinary plans are underway for Jess Parrish Medical Foundation’s (JPMF) annual benefit gala, Fly Me to the Moon, which takes place on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 5-10 p.m. at Cruise Terminal One, Port Canaveral. GrayRobinson, P.A., and William and Laura Boyles are presenting sponsors for the event.

More than 400 guests are expected to attend and “play among the stars” with the beauty of the celestial evening recreating the 1960s Golden Era of Space. While taking in picturesque views of one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, guests will enjoy cocktails and cicchetti (Italian-style tapas), amidst the al fresco ambiance of a twinkling starry night. An interactive virtual reality experience and an “out of this world” silent auction are sure to make this evening one you will never forget.

Dinner will be a delectable Italian feast with Space Coast Jazzcats serenading gala guests with sounds from the past and present, featuring a performance by NASA astronaut and trumpeter, Capt. Winston Scott. After dinner, guests can dance the night away in ’60s style with the swing sensations of the 15-piece Space Coast Big Band.

Event proceeds will benefit mental and behavioral health initiatives in Brevard County by providing:

  • Help for Teens: Sources of Strength, a teen health and wellness program focused on preventing suicide, bullying, substance abuse and self-harm will be expanded to select private and charter schools in North Brevard.
  • Help for Parents of Young Children: The Incredible Years® parenting program will provide parents with the tools to increase positive social, emotional behaviors in their children, thereby leading to improved life-skills as adults.
  • Help at Work: Wellness workshops for local businesses to teach employees how to navigate through life’s ups and downs.
  • Help for Individuals with Disabilities: Expansion of services to provide education, social skill development, emotional regulation, and increased independence.

“It is our honor and privilege to once again be the presenting sponsor of this important event,” said William A. Boyles, shareholder at GrayRobinson, P.A. “We believe in Parrish Medical Center’s vision of Healing Families—Healing Communities® and look forward to helping expand mental and behavioral health services in the community.”

"Our theme this year is fun, yet very intentional,” says Holly Carver, event co-chair and mission chair. “Each person is like a star in the sky—there are millions—each one unique. Our goal is to bring awareness to and provide action steps for those suffering with depression and/or mental illness. Shining the bright light of the full moon on these issues, reminding us that we are not alone in this vast universe, that it's okay to not be okay, and that there is help closer than you think."

Judy Allender and Holly Carver are co-chairs for the event. Gala committee members include, Winnie Brewer, Kelley Broome, Mary Coleman, Amy Craddock, Lori Duester, Voncile Franklin, Betty Greene, Samantha Guyre, Dawn Hohnhorst, Clarissa Kirk, Jessie Kirk, Elizabeth Kump, Melissa Lugo, Allison Morgan, Christina Morrison, Susan Morse, Tara Ruch, Leigh Spradling, Dr. Tanya Taival and Lavaughn Young.

“We are overjoyed by the tremendous support we have received for Fly Me to the Moon, and are thrilled to have so many organizations and community partners joining us to make a difference in the health of our community,” said Judy Allender, event co-chair and underwriting chair.

This growing list of this year’s event partners include Galaxy-level sponsors: Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc., OMNI Healthcare and Zumpano Patricios; Constellation-level sponsors: Allender & Allender P.A./Port Commissioner Jerry & Judy Allender, Coastal Ambulance Service, Injury Centers of Brevard, Bob and Jessie Kirk/Kirk Management LLC and Susan Morse/UBS Financial Services; Eclipse-level sponsors: The Broome Law Firm/Chris and Kelley Broome, Dr. Frank & Marilyn Dienst Medical Services LLC, Genesis VII, Inc./Robert and Karen Jordan, Kindred, George and Liz Mikitarian/Legacy Academy, Power Wellness, RUSH Construction, Inc. and Dr. Tanya Taival, Obstetrics and Gynecology; Star Light, Star Bright-level sponsors: Atkins, Atlantic Business Systems, Britt’s Air Conditioning, Cigna, DECO, LLC, Johnna and Bob Dillow, Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Inc., Robin and Rhoda Fisher, Florida Health Care Plans, Florida Power & Light Company, Hospice of St. Francis, Dr. Nabil Itani, Internal Medicine, Marty and Terry Lee, Lightle Beckner Robison, Inc. Commercial Real Estate Services, Jaime and Melissa Lugo, Turmy Lum and Oscar Sieveking, Dr. Patricia C. Manning, Bill and Jean McCarthy, Medfast Urgent Care Centers, Jeanne Miller, Howard and Sandra Rinker, The Snodgrass Family, Catherine Spencer, Barbara and Terry Terhune, Thermal Tech Inc., TLC Engineering for Architecture and Fred and Misty Wilson. In-kind event sponsors include The Grand Martini, Greater Titusville Renaissance, Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce and Stina Bee Marketing. In-kind media sponsors include Brevard Business News, Florida Today and Space Coast Living. Other generous sponsors will be recognized at the gala.

Individual gala tickets are available at $125 and sponsorship opportunities are offered starting at $500. For more information about sponsorship packages, to donate tax-deductible auction items or to purchase general admission and chance-drawing tickets, please contact Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066 or visit Space is limited.