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Boca Raton Regional Hospital Acknowledges Pandemic, Rethinks Fundraiser

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But Hospital, Where Scores Have Died From COVID-19, Still Hosting In-Person, Mask and Vaccine Optional Money Grab.

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BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation Thursday finally acknowledged that there is a pandemic which makes its mask-optional, vaccine-optional fundraiser optically — if not medically — challenged.

The fundraiser, set for October 18th at Boca West Country Club, has been the subject of multiple reports by BocaNewsNow.com. Medical professionals ask why the foundation — a group that raises funds for the hospital and those who work inside — is hosting an in-person event where COVID could spread. The Foundation came under fire earlier this year for allegedly giving the equivalent of vaccine “fast passes” for high-paying donors.

“This is a hospital where mask optional, vaccine optional people come to die,” said a hospital employee confidentially to BocaNewsNow.com. “Why in God’s name are we supporting a mask optional, vaccine optional event?”

On Thursday, Boca Raton Hospital Foundation President Mark Larkin issued a new statement in an email blast obtained by BocaNewsNow.com. Larkin’s comments acknowledge the COVID-19 pandemic, something notably missing from his previous communication. But Larkin also inexplicably announced that the Foundation is moving forward with an event that involves a “airy luxury tent.”

Boca Raton Hospital Foundation President Mark Larkin. He announced an “airy, luxury tent” for the upcoming fundraiser at Boca West, but masks and vaccines remain optional.

“As we move forward with cautious optimism that our in-person events will go on as scheduled,” wrote Larkin, “we have implemented processes that convey health and safety are a top priority at Boca Regional. We are strongly recommending that everyone attending our events receive the COVID-19 vaccinations and wear masks in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Also wrote Larkin: “With that, our 23rd Annual Golf Tournament, hosted at Boca West Country Club on Monday, October 18th, will be an exclusive outdoor event with brunch, cocktails and awards dinner held in an airy luxury tent, which has ample room for our golfers and guests. Our Go Pink Luncheon, hosted at The Boca Raton formerly Boca Raton Resort & Club) on Friday, October 29th, has reached seating capacity. However, we are selling virtual tickets at a reduced price of S100 and welcome virtual participation in our Daisy Wall Wine Pull and chance to
win a trip to Napa.”

Why an event is taking place at all is still unanswered. Baptist Health, which oversees Boca Raton Regional Hospital, did not respond to multiple requests for comment over several weeks. Organization leaders connected to the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation also are not responding. Michael Maucker, Boca Raton Regional’s spokesperson — who is paid to respond to media inquiries — has been uncharacteristically non-responsive to questions about this event.

It was not immediately clear whether Boca West Country Club has raised liability concerns to the Foundation, should a mass COVID outbreak occur that is tied to the on-property event.

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