MCYA host Spring Fling Launch attracting 100

By Jeremy Katzman….

Pictured (l-r) are MCYA co-chairs Dr. Chad Perlyn and Cristina Echavarria; John Agnetti, and Lucy Morillo-Agnetti, MCH Foundation president and CEO.

Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation Diamond Society members Cristina and Daniel Echavarria and Brooke and Dr. Chad Perlyn hosted a Spring Fling Launch event for the Miami Children’s Young Ambassadors (MCYA), of which Cristina Echavarria and Dr. Perlyn are co-chairs.

Approximately 100 young professionals, physicians and Miami Children’s Hospital and Foundation senior leaders and donors gathered to enjoy a beautiful South Florida evening and to discuss their common interest in advocating for children’s issues and serving as ambassadors for Miami Children’s Hospital.

Attendees included Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) Board chair Gary Gregory; MCH Board member Dr. Maria Franco; MCH Foundation president and CEO Lucy Morillo-Agnetti; MCH vice president of Strategic Business Planning and Public Affairs, Chief Hospitality Officer Nancy Humbert; MCYA Leadership Committee members Dr. Plato Alexander, Gabriel Decaran-Voight, Michael Grieco, Chandra Iglesias-Balsera, Andres Asion, Cristina Echavarria, Jackie Humbert, JC Antorcha, Brenda Vargas, Dean Neiger, Brooke and Dr. Chad Perlyn; MCH physicians Drs. Mislen and Christian Bauer and Dr. Jason Katz; Florida International University athletic director Pete Garcia; Carolina Cejas, and Eduardo Arellano.

“Miami Children’s Hospital saved my life after I was in a motorcycle accident as a teenager and, as the father of two young children, I feel lucky to have this valuable resource in our community,” Daniel Echavarria said. “We cannot take Miami Children’s for granted; we must show our support through donations and giving children a voice.”

MCYA is a newly formed membership organization for young professionals between the ages of 22 and 45 who have a strong commitment to improving the lives of children in the community and beyond.
Members have the opportunity to network with prestigious business and community leaders, meet with key Miami Children’s Hospital and Foundation personnel and determine how their donations can best be used to benefit the children of our community and beyond.

“Miami Children’s Hospital saved my brother’s life when he was a child, and due to his inspiration, I chose to pursue a career where I can affect children’s lives,” said Dr. Perlyn, who is a pediatric plastic surgeon at Miami Children’s. “MCYA allows not only doctors and nurses, but the entire community to step up and support children’s health care.”

For more information on MCYA and Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, contact Lani Valido, director of community relations, at 786-624-2826 or by email at lvalido@mchf.org.

To learn more about the Foundation and offer support, visit www.mchf.org, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MCHFoundation, or call 305-666-2889.

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