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Sold-out annual fundraiser, Epicurean Escapade: A Food & Wine Experience, was attended by more than 400 physicians, community leaders and guests

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (May 3, 2017) - The Holy Cross Hospital Auxiliary's 61st annual fundraiser, Epicurean Escapade: A Food & Wine Experience, honored the legacy of local businessman Phil Smith, who passed away in December from ALS, and raised more than $235,000 for the Phil Smith ALS and Movement Disorders Clinic at the Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute at Holy Cross Hospital. 

"We are eternally grateful for Phil's support of Holy Cross Hospital and his vision for advancing neuroscience healthcare services in South Florida,” said Holy Cross President and CEO Patrick Taylor, M.D. "We also thank Phil’s family, our sponsors and supporters for sharing in Phil's vision and raising meaningful funds to help others in our community with neurological disorders."

More than 400 guests enjoyed live music, dancing, a silent auction and themed presentations of gourmet food, fine wine and specialty beer pairings from exciting global culinary destinations. 

Guests began the global extravaganza with a welcome reception where they enjoyed passed hors d'oeuvres and exquisite sushi rolls and sashimi prepared on demand by master sushi chefs. They then were escorted into an elegantly decorated ballroom to experience a lavish menu with cuisine from some of the world’s finest culinary capitals. 

There was paella Valenciana and tapas from Spain, paired with Quintanal Verdejo, a medium bodied white wine with hints of fennel and pear notes; Asian stir fry and dim sum prepared in bamboo steamers, paired with Sapporo, Japan's oldest beer brand, and Tozai Snow Maiden saké; antipasti, rigatoni bolognese, and seared potato gnocchi with a trio of mushrooms paired with Villa Antinori Bianco and Castello Banfi's BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve, a Tuscan wine from the southern hills of Montalcino, Italy; and Indian tandoori ovens and chaat stations featuring samosa, beef boti, chicken tiki masala and paneer naan paired with an Indian Pale Ale.

Sponsors of the sold-out Epicurean Escapade included JM Family Enterprises, Inc., the Guerrieri Family Foundation and Phil Smith Automotive, among many others. Phil Smith’s wife Susan Smith, daughter Shawn Smith Myers and son-in-law Charlie Myers served as honorary chairs of the host committee. Drs. Gabriela Cora and Eduardo Locatelli and Drs. Sarita and Karan Munuswamy served as the honorary physician chairs. Vicki Homer, Cheryl Lamb and Julie Valent served as co-chairs. TV and radio host Jimmy Cefalo was the emcee.  

The Phil Smith ALS and Movement Disorders Clinic at the Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute at Holy Cross Hospital is scheduled to open later this year. The clinic will provide the community with state-of-the-art neurological care and access to leading-edge clinical trials and research through an expanded relationship with Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

To support the Phil Smith ALS and Movement Disorders Clinic, call 954-229-8562.For more information about the Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute at Holy Cross Hospital, visit HolyCrossNeuro.com.

About Holy Cross Hospital
A member of Trinity Health, Holy Cross Hospital is a full-service, non-profit, Catholic, teaching hospital operating in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. In 2016, U.S. News and World Report named Holy Cross Hospital among the top three hospitals in South Florida and one of only 63 in the nation to achieve “high performing” in all nine medical conditions surveyed. Through strategic collaborations and a commitment to being a person-centered, transforming, healing presence, the 557-bed hospital offers progressive inpatient, outpatient and community outreach services and clinical research trials to serve as our community’s trusted health partner for life. To learn more about Holy Cross Hospital, visit holy-cross.com. Connect @holycrossfl.