The 2017 Art of Medicine Gala was held at the Orlando Museum of Art. Presented by The Collage Companies and First Green Bank, proceeds benefited the University of Florida TRAuma, Concussion, and Sports Neuromedicine Program (UF TRACS) supporting care and research for patients with Traumatic Brain Injury.
This artful evening kicked off at 6pm with the Kessler Reception where sponsors and their guests were treated to an exclusive, private performance by Orlando Ballet. The main event doors opened at 7pm where everyone enjoyed special access to the Orlando Museum of Art and a chance to mingle with our featured artists whose work was included in the Art Show and Auction.
Our exciting program included a live speed-painting performance by Rock Demarco and info-tainment from guest speakers: Michael S. Jaffee, MD and Steven DeKosky, MD of University of Florida Health. This creative event experience offered unique tasting stations, a selection of organic beer and wine and surprises around every corner. Guest Emcee Scott Maxwell (popular Orlando Sentinel columnist) led the evening’s festivities. Among many exciting presentations, the founder of the Art of Medicine, Ken LaRoe and his wife, Cindy presented the inaugural Art of Medicine Award to Richard Kessler, President and CEO of Kessler Collection. The evening flowed to a close with a moonlit dessert reception in the art fountain court at 10pm. Black tie was optional – show your artsy side!
The gala is in honor of Cindy LaRoe, MD, survivor of a traumatic brain injury. First GREEN Bank’s Founder, Ken LaRoe and his wife, Cindy LaRoe, MD, were inspired to create The Art of Medicine Foundation. In 2011, Cindy sustained a brain injury in a competitive biking accident. The injury prevented her temporarily from being able to move her legs or read and caused her to have seizures. It also led her down a path of discovering her artistic talents. Dr LaRoe found painting therapeutic during her recovery, and six years after her injury she continues to paint. She hopes her talent can raise awareness and money for others with brain injuries.
Ken and Cindy LaRoe, MD
The Art of Medicine Gala VIP Ticket Holders were treated to an exclusive, private performance by Orlando Ballet during the Kessler Reception, with opportunity for photos and mingling with the performers. Guests were able to bid on a silent auction package to see Swan Lake at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The Gala offered a close-look at the “art of the costumes” for Swan Lake, with a unique installation.
Thank you to our kind sponsors