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Tickets on sale for ‘Broadway in the Park’

By Staff | Feb 5, 2015

Tickets are on sale for a fundraiser to support Cape Coral Hospital’s wellness initiative.

Hosted by the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation, Broadway in the Park will be held Feb. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Tarpon Point Marina. It marks the second year for the annual event.

Christin Collins, of the Lee Memorial Health System, explained that the fundraiser is organized by community leaders who are passionate about supporting the local hospital and its initiative, also called an “optimal healing environment.” The event also helps to raise public awareness for the initiative.

“The goal of the event is definitely to raise funds for the hospital,” she said.

The initiative takes a more holistic approach to healthcare. It combines traditional clinical treatment with lifestyle changes, including nutrition and prevention. The goal is to create a healing environment for patients that involve physical, emotional, spiritual, behavioral and environmental improvements.

“We’ve created some healing gardens,” Collins said, adding that an art exhibit containing soothing pieces has been set up at the main entrance of the hospital.

Under the initiative, additions to the hospital will include a Wellness Education Park and butterfly garden, Healing Garden adjacent to the Women’s Care and Birthing Suites, Heart Healthy Pond with a foundation, sitting areas and exercise stations, new courtyard and additional pedestrian walkways.

Collins noted that the hospital is looking to expand the courtyard this year.

“To complete it as an area where folks can relax and regroup and rehabilitate,” she said.

“We have a small teaching garden. We’re looking to expand that,” Collins said.

Broadway in the Park will feature live performances of Broadway show tunes and ballroom dancers, along with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts whipped together by local chefs.

“It’s incredible the folks we had last year,” she said of the performers.

This year, the fundraiser has been moved from the promenade at Tarpon Point Marina to the top level of a parking garage. Collins explained that the location will be set up to look like Central Park.

“It’s really to transform people to New York City,” she said. “It’s going to have a 42nd Street feel.”

Attendees will be invited to take the floor and dance the night away.

Horse-drawn carriage rides around the resort will be available for a $50 donation.

“We’re going to have a chance drawing for a trip,” Collins said.

The trip consists of two nights in New York City, with tickets to a Broadway show and dinner, along with a sunset cruise around Manhattan. Tickets will be sold for $40 each or three for $100.

Last year, the fundraiser raised approximately $22,000.

“We had about 75 people come,” she said. “They learned and had a great time.”

Organizers are expecting a bigger turnout this year.

“We hope to exceed double the number of folks and funds raised,” Collins said.

Tickets to Broadway in the Park cost $100 per person.

“It’s definitely going to be the premier event in Cape Coral,” she said, adding that they organizers amazing feedback from last year’s event. “And it’s all for such a great cause.”

For tickets to or more information on Broadway in the Park, contact Collins at (239) 343-6950 or visit online at: www.leememorial.org/foundation

Tarpon Point Marina is at 5991 Silver King Blvd.