Tickets Available for Catholic Charities Annual Luncheon that will Honor Three Medical Professionals

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach Interfaith Health and Wellness Program will honor two local nurses and a doctor for their compassionate and courageous work in helping others at its Eighth Annual Faith Community Nurse Awards Luncheon to be held on Friday, April 19 in West Palm Beach. Award winners are chosen on the basis of their humanitarianism and life-long dedication and service. Tickets to this public event are available for those wanting to attend the luncheon.


Faith Community Nurses also known as Parish Nurses, promote wellness of body, mind and spirit in the community. The Faith Community Nurses fill a gap in the healthcare system through health advocacy, health counseling, education, and referrals to community resources.


Among those to be honored are:

  • Gloria VanBrocklin, RN, ARNP, will receive the 2013 Community Nurse Award for her work as a registered nurse. As a faith community nurse, she works with the Haitian community in Belle Glade and St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Belle Glade.


  • Dr. William Adkins of West Palm Beach who will receive the organization’s the Mother Teresa Humanitarian Award.


  • Gloria Persad, RN, of West Palm Beach, will receive the Refuah Nursing Scholarship to attend the Faith Community Nurse Basic Preparation Course* to be held in June. This four-day course is held annually and equips parish nurses to serve as health catalysts in faith communities. It will be held at the Duncan Conference Center in Delray Beach.


(Photos and additional biographies are available upon request).


The luncheon is open to the public and will be held at the National Croquet Center located at 700 Florida Mango Road in West Palm Beach. Tickets are $60 per person and $30 for registered nurses. Tickets may be purchased by calling 561-345-2000 ext. 256. St. Mary’s Medical Center and Vitas Innovative Hospice Care are sponsors of the event.



About Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach provides 16 social services and ministries throughout 18 locations in the Diocese of Palm Beach. Established in 1984, Catholic Charities responds to the needs of the poor and most vulnerable by providing quality programs that serve children, families, homeless and families. Catholic Charities respects life in all of its stages. In living our faith, Catholic Charities helps and creates hope for people in need, regardless of religion, by delivering social services, collaborating with others in building just and compassionate communities, and empowering individuals through education.


About the Interfaith Health and Wellness Association (IHWA) Program

IHWA is a program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach. It provides education for registered nurses who are serving our community through their affiliation with churches, temples,

and other faith-based initiatives.  IHWA envisions communities where all individuals have access to healthcare and basic support services with the outcome of physical, mental and spiritual health that ultimately embraces individual and community wellness.  Funding support has been provided by the Palm Healthcare Foundation, Allegany Franciscan Ministries Foundation and the Frank J. Lewis Foundation. Tax-deductible donations may be made to IHWA, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach, P. O. Box 1885, West Palm Beach, FL 33402.  


About the Diocese of Palm Beach

The Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach encompasses the five counties of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee. Comprised of 280,000 Catholics in 53 parishes and missions, the Diocese also serves the faithful community through its schools.

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