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Women's Center chapel named after philanthropist's generous donation

This winter, Holy Cross Hospital gratefully received a donation from philanthropist Marti Huizenga in support of the new Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center at Holy Cross HealthPlex. The grand opening for the Marti Huizenga Meditation Chapel and Healing Garden, named after Marti in recognition of her generosity, was held on May 17, 2012.

Guests enjoyed live music, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a first look at the chapel, which includes a beautiful stained glass installation, natural glowing sunlight and a warm look that lends itself to meditation, prayer and reflection. The garden has tall trees providing shade, wooden benches, a winding path and fragrant flowers. It is a calming place where patients and families can go for serenity and peace in a time of anxiety and worry.

Marti, a native Floridian, lives in Fort Lauderdale with her husband, Wayne, four children and 11 grandchildren. Wayne and Marti are known for their philanthropy through the Huizenga Family Foundation; 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. Marti 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.

Marti joins several other charitable community members including Dorothy Mangurian, the Guerrieri Family Foundation, Jan Moran, Jeane M. Dorini, Holy Cross Hospital Auxiliary, the Hudson Family Foundation, Rita Case, the Fritch Foundation, Monica Maroone, Mary M. Short, AutoNation, Gail Kaplan, the Helen Ingham Foundation and the Girlfriend’s Club in contributing to the creation of the Women’s Center.

For more information on supporting the Women’s Center, please visit holycrossdonations.com/women or call 954-229-8562.

Photo (L-R): Marti Huizenga and Sister Rita Levasseur (VP of Mission, Holy Cross Hospital) in the Healing Garden