The Brooklyn Hospital Center raises over $1M at annual Founder’s Ball

The Brooklyn Hospital Center hosted their signature fundraising event, the Founder’s Ball, on Monday at the Brooklyn Museum to celebrate the center’s recent progress and the hospital’s Blueprint for Excellence. 

TBHC, Brooklyn’s first independent community hospital, has hosted the event for many years in order to raise funds for advancing methods of care to ensure that every patient receives the best treatment possible with the newest technology available.

This year was the 10th year in a row that the event has raised over $1 million. Donations have contributed to improvements in quality including a modernized and expanded emergency department, a state-of-the-art 25-unit dialysis center, an expansion of the Brooklyn Cancer Center in partnership with New York Cancer and Blood Specialists, and more.

“Proceeds from these events have purchased the hospital’s first robot, we replaced all the TVs in the patient rooms and upgraded them and also contributed significantly to the renovation of the emergency department,” TBHC’s vice president of marketing, Kim Flodin said on May 18. 

The event also honored physicians Jeffrey Vacirca and Viswanath Vasudevan for their tireless contributions to the medical field.

“Dr. Jeffrey is a leader in cancer care and [has expanded] cancer care throughout the northeast in all types of communities and Dr. Vasudevan is an educator at the Brooklyn Hospital, he teaches our residents and runs our sleep center,” said Flodin. 

The event featured delicious cocktails and dinner, live music, costumed actors and a photo booth and was hosted at the Brooklyn Museum.

“This is the second year we’ve had it at the Brooklyn Museum, which is just a super elegant space that makes people feel excited,” Flodin said. “It’s a balancing act between the program and the fun and we really try to pay attention to how we give each guest an individual experience.”