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Kosair Charities Dreams Take Flight This Saturday October 4


Louisville, KY – September 30, 2014: The 6th annual ‘Dreams Take Flight’ Event will be on Saturday evening, October 4th, starting at 7 p.m. at a NEW location at Hangar 5 -Bowman Field.

The ‘Dreams Take Flight’ event was created to acknowledge and honor a select group of the area’s most distinguished members of the medical community, as well as to spotlight and garner awareness for the amazing work of a number of exceptional Kentucky & Southern Indiana charities.

In addition, these individuals will be honored with following awards:

The Roger Fox Award

Mr. Fox was a dedicated member of Kosair Charities who passed away prematurely, however, he never lost hope that all children would someday be able to run and play. This award recognizes a physician’s dedication to children.

This year’s recipient is Dr. Sofia Franco. Dr. Sofia Franco has a long-standing dedication to the health and wellbeing of children. Franco recently retired as the Project Director of the Children and Youth Project comprehensive health clinic. Children and Youth Project provides clinical services, preventive health assessment and episodic illness care by a multidisciplinary health team. Dr. Franco supervised the clinical rotation of medical students, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine/Pediatric continuity, Ambulatory rotation; and Primary Care rotation of 8/year Psychiatry interns.


The Sam Swope Community Leadership Award

This award recognizes an individual who has advanced children’s goals for the future through vision, innovation, and self-sacrifice.

The 2014 recipient is Madeline Abramson. Abramson has a passion for public service. Over the years, she has served as a leading community volunteer in organizations dedicated to the arts, social services, health care, young people and education.

Abramson currently serves as chair of the Kentucky Commission on Women as well as board chair of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and has twice served as chair of the board at Maryhurst.

The evening highlights include:

7 p.m.: Cocktail reception with grant recipient and award winners
8 p.m.: Deal or No Deal! Live Auction
8:30 p.m.: Roger Fox & Sam Swope Award Recipients (Dr. Franco & Madeline Abramson) arrive on planes piloted by Vintage Warbird Pilots
9 p.m.: Lt Governor Jerry Abramson speaks
9:10 p.m.: Final amount of Gifts & Grant announced

This is the first year for the live auction. The live auction includes a Trip to an Aruba, University of Louisville vs Notre Dame Getaway, Plane Rides, Gulf Shores Condo and more.

Sponsors include: Park Community Credit Union, University of Louisville, Kentucky One Health, Epic Insurance, Lusk Mechanical, Ronald McDonald House and Visually Impaired Preschool.

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