Hundreds of new and old friends of the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County (HMHB) gathered for its annual Moments luncheon on Friday, May 6 to celebrate the women in our lives — the mothers, grandmothers, daughters, aunts, sisters and friends who tirelessly ensure we all have moments of joy to share. The event was led by co-chairs, Katrina Long-Robinson, former councilwoman of the City of Westlake, and Kathryn Rossmell of Lewis, Longman & Walker PA. It was the first in-person fundraising event for HMHB since 2019.
Following alternative event formats in 2020 and 2021, new energy was breathed into this ninth annual event, including adding an awards component to recognize a local individual and group the embodies the mission of HMHB, and hosting it at a new location, the Eastpointe Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens. The individual honoree was Judith McInnes of the School District of Palm Beach County’s Teen Parent Program, while the group honoree was the Florida Department of Health-Palm Beach County Lantana-Lake Worth Health Center.
“We were so inspired to hear the stories of our award finalists and winners — those unsung heroes who are dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of women, mothers or babies in Palm Beach County,” said Michelle Gonzalez, CEO of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies. “The Moments Impact Award honored those who work humbly to uplift our community.”
In addition to the awards, guests participated in an interactive auction and heard from Courtney Williams, a mother who is part of the newest HMHB pilot project, “Stronger Together: Doula Support for Black American Women.”
Moments 2022 was presented OB/GYN Specialists of the Palm Beaches with major support from Florida Power and Light; Lewis, Longman & Walker P.A.; and St. Mary’s & Good Samaritan Medical Center. The planning committee consisted of Jenny Drossner, Tammy Jackson Moore, Lea Luzon, Ann Moehlenkamp, Pamela Rada, Allison Saft, Alyse Schwarzberg, Alyson Seligman and Kedra Singer.
The Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County is a nonprofit organization improving birth outcomes through the compassionate and equitable delivery of early prenatal care, education and support for all pregnant women. Since 1986, the nonprofit has been committed to nurturing healthy births and families by meeting the physical, emotional, economic and social challenges of pregnancy and infant wellness and supports more than 70 percent of women delivering babies in Palm Beach County.