Magic of Life Gala co-chairs Laura B. Black and Brian J. Gibbons, along with LifeBridge Health president and CEO Neil Meltzer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame headliner Jackson Browne, are making sure that, as Browne might say, the health care organization never “runs on empty.” The April 5 biannual gala, which benefits the entire LifeBridge Health system, has raised a total of $20 million since it began in 1998. This year’s goal is $3.1 million, a sum Gibbons said he is confident the organization will meet.
“The community that supports LifeBridge is very philanthropic,” said Gibbons, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Greenberg and Gibbons, an Owings Mills-based real estate development company, and a board of directors member of both Sinai Hospital and Hospice of the Chesapeake Inc. “LifeBridge Health’s doctors, nurses and support staff play an integral role in our community.”
Black, whose three children were born at Sinai Hospital, agreed.
“No one wants to ask or to take. If you have the ability to give it’s a gift and incumbent to set an example,” she said. “Health care is important to our community, and LifeBridge is our community health care provider. I’m acutely aware that when we’re at our most vulnerable, LifeBridge is there.
“LifeBridge has been there for the myriad of medical procedures that our families have required through the years,” added Black, president of LCB Ventures, LLC and a member of Sinai’s board of directors and the LifeBridge Health Strategic Planning Committee. “Now it’s time for us to give back.”
Meltzer said that the gala committee chose Browne to headline the 2014 Magic of Life event because he is a musician who appeals to most people and also because of his good works. Browne is known for his commitment to issues of human rights, the environment and arts education, he said.
The Morgan State University Choir will also perform at the gala, said Meltzer. More than 1,500 guests are expected to attend the event at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
LifeBridge Health continues to expand its services, said Meltzer. The corporation recently launched a new cardiovascular institute and is expanding its emergency department.
“What’s nice is that we now have approximately 200 community physicians, and that number is growing,” he said. “In preparation for the Affordable Care Act, we are focusing on [helping members of the] community maintain their health.
“Our hats go off to the volunteers who do fundraising,” he added. “We really have extraordinary leaders, and we couldn’t pull off something like this without them.”
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