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Marti Huizenga generously names meditation chapel and healing garden

This winter, Holy Cross Hospital gratefully accepted a $750,000 donation from Marti Huizenga in support of the new Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center at Holy Cross HealthPlex. The Marti Huizenga Meditation Chapel and Healing Garden, already underway as part of Phase 2 of the Women’s Center, is named in recognition of her generosity.

Plans for the chapel include a beautiful stained glass installation; natural light; and a warm look that will lend itself to meditation, prayer and reflection. The garden will have tall trees providing shade, wooden benches, fragrant flowers and stones with quotes from the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley, carved into them. It will be a special place where patients and families can go for serenity and peace in times of anxiety or appreciation.

Mrs. Huizenga, a native Floridian, lives in Fort Lauderdale with her husband Wayne and their four children and 11 grandchildren. The couple is known for philanthropy through the Huizenga Family Foundation; through several successful businesses, including Blockbuster Video, Waste Management and AutoNation; and for previously owning sports teams, including the Miami Dolphins, the Florida Marlins and the Florida Panthers. She has served on boards of many local health, youth, social service and cultural organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County and the Humane Society of Broward County. She has received several honors for her support of the community, including the American Heart Association Golden Heart Award, the Silver Boys and Girls Club of America Medallion Award, the Habitat for Humanity of Broward Spirit of Humanity Award, the Sun-Sentinel Publisher’s Community Service Award, and the Child Care Connection Child Advocate of the Year award.

Mrs. Huizenga joins several other charitable women in our community, including Dorothy Mangurian, Jan Moran, the Jeane M. Dorini Family, the Holy Cross Hospital Auxiliary, the Hudson Family Foundation, the Helen Ingham Foundation, Rita Case, the Fritch Foundation, Monica Maroone, AutoNation and Gail Kaplan, in contributing to the creation of the Women’s Center.

Thanks to these and other donations, Phase 1 of the Women’s Center was completed last year, and we are now providing comprehensive women’s services in a healing, serene environment. Like Phase 1, Phases 2 and 3 of this $15 million, 55,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will be funded solely through philanthropy. When the last phases are completed, the Women’s Center will also include the Marti Huizenga Meditation Chapel and Healing Garden, special programming, a medical spa, a boutique, a lifestyle center, an education center, and a café.

In addition to the naming opportunities for Phases 2 and 3, Holy Cross has also created the Girlfriend’s Club and The Reverence Wall as recognized funding opportunities. If you’d like to support the Women’s Center or get more information, call 954-229-8562 or email donations@holy-cross.com.