CHC annual fashion show raises more than $100K

By Erika Arriola….

Community Habilitation Center resident Ari Lippman (left) and volunteer Flor Santana rock the runway at the third annual “Rockin’ the Islands” fashion show.

Residents of the Community Habilitation Center (CHC) rocked the runway at the recent third annual “Rockin’ the Islands” fashion show benefit.
More than 500 guests attended the fashion fundraiser that generated more than $100,000, proceeds that will be used in funding the Community Habilitation Center Inc., an adult day training facility for individuals with developmental disabilities.
“Residents of CHC put on a spectacular fashion show for all the guests,” said Roymi Membiela, co-chair for the Community Habilitation Center gala and assistant vice president of marketing and public relations for Baptist Health South Florida. “The turnout and support from the community was overwhelming. This has been the most successful fashion show benefit to date.”
Diana Diaz, news anchor for WSVN Fox Channel 7, and Ivan Taylor, news anchor from WSCV Telemundo Channel 51, were the show’s special guest emcees.
More than 100 individuals, who call CHC a second home, strutted their stuff on the catwalk wearing fashion provided by Dillards. Among the top sponsors for the event were Baptist Health South Florida, Zuni Transportation, Marriott, Dillard’s, Goodtimes Group Home, Miami Twice and Norwegian Cruise Line.
Baptist Health, the region’s largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization, has more than 13,000 employees and is the area’s largest private employer. Baptist Health includes Baptist, Baptist Children’s, Doctors, Homestead, Mariners and South Miami hospitals as well as Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Baptist Outpatient Services and Baptist Health Enterprises. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health.

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