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Wellness Community of Southwest Florida to Honor Ringling President Dr. Larry R. Thompson

           

    Wellness Community of Southwest Florida to Honor Ringling President Dr. Larry R. Thompson

    September 9, 2008 - The Wellness Community of Southwest Florida, a non-profit organization providing free support, education and hope to cancer patients and their caregivers, will hold its 8th Annual Celebration of Hope dinner and presentation of the Stephen H. Goldman, M.D. Keystone Award dinner, on October 15th, 2008 at 6 p.m. at Michael’s on East.

    The Stephen H. Goldman, M.D. Keystone Award recipients are nominated by the public and selected by The Wellness Community’s Award Selection Committee, which is comprised of members of the medical and non-profit community. The purpose of this coveted award is to honor two recipients, one from within the medical community and one layperson, whom have demonstrated the same exceptional commitment, compassion and dedication to fighting cancer and raising awareness as did the late Dr. Stephen H. Goldman. The 2008 award recipients are:

    Russell W. Novak, M.D., a Surgical Oncologist with Sarasota Surgical Specialists. Dr. Novak has been committed to surgical oncology management of cancer patients for over 20 years. 

    Dr. Larry R. Thompson, President of Ringling College of Art and Design. Ringling College has participated in the design of TWC’s new facility at Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota and contributed many hours of expertise during the initial stages of the project. Dr. Thompson is passionate about the arts and education, and serves on the boards of Coastal Behavioral Healthcare and the Community Health Corporation for Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

    “We are pleased to honor Dr. Novak and Dr. Thompson for their dedication to improving the lives of those affected by cancer.” Jay Lockaby, Executive Director of the Wellness Community of Southwest Florida.

    Tickets to the 8th Annual Celebration of Hope can be purchased by visiting http://www.wellness-swfl.org/ or by contacting Nancy Hendricks at 941-921-5539.

    To learn more about The Wellness Community of Southwest Florida’s capital campaign for a new home visit: http://www.helpusbuildhope.org/.

    BOUT THE WELLNESS COMMUNITY
    The Wellness Community (TWC) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. The local chapter, TWC Southwest Florida is located on Clark Road in Sarasota, with satellite program offerings in Longboat Key, Bradenton, Venice, and Newtown. Since opening the Southwest Florida offices in 1996, thousands of people have utilized TWC services.