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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Boca Raton Hospital Foundation is moving forward with two events that could lead to massive COVID-19 spread, and may lead to the deaths of women battling breast cancer according to those calling the events shortsighted and “typical Boca.”

On Monday, the Boca Raton Hospital Foundation, under the leadership of Mark Larkin, is hosting a golf event with a food buffet and awards ceremony. The event is “mask optional” and “vaccine optional.” Homeowners at Boca West say they may still seek an emergency injunction to stop the event which they fear will lead to the spread of COVID-19 in their community.

Then, on October 29th, the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation is moving forward with its “Go Pink” luncheon — indoors — at “The Boca Raton.” That’s the new name for the Boca Resort. There is no PCR test requirement or proof of vaccine requirement to enter.

Could breast cancer patients die as a result of Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s indoor luncheon? The Hospital Foundation is hosting two events that are raising serious COVID-19 spread concerns.

Baptist Health South, which oversees Boca Regional Hospital, continues to refuse to offer substantive comment on the events. At least 57,712 people have died in Florida, from COVID-19, as of early Sunday morning. Hundreds are estimated to have died from COVID at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Medical professionals contacting BocaNewsNow.com say they are outraged by Baptist’s apparent need to put fundraising over common sense.

“A hospital hosting an indoor, mask optional luncheon for women battling breast cancer is outrageous,” said a professional associated with Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “Many of these women are women with compromised immune systems. How can a hospital host an indoor luncheon?”

“For two years,” said another professional associated with the hospital, “there has been warning after warning about COVID for people with compromised immune systems. What the hell is Boca Regional doing? Have enough people not died in our hospital during the pandemic. It doesn’t matter if they die from COVID or breast cancer. Dead is dead.”

Mark Larkin
Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation President Mark Larkin.

The “GoPink” lunch features Pro Football Hall of Fame running Back Emmitt Smith. It was not immediately clear if he or his people were aware of the potential issues that may be caused by the event which is being overseen by Boca Raton resident Patti Carpenter.

The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation did not respond to multiple requests for comment from BocaNewsNow.com over several weeks.

Hospital spokesman Michael Maucker would only say that the hospital is “monitoring” the COVID situation. Maucker would not discuss the optics of a hospital hosting events that are “mask optional” or “vaccine optional.”

“This is so typically Boca Raton,” said someone connected with the events. “They could ask for money, which many would gladly give online or by writing a check. But to wish COVID away because people here feel the need to see and be seen at some sort of Gala isn’t just sad, it’s dangerous. Boca Regional should not be supporting this. Not at all.”


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