BioMo­tion’s In­sti­tute links with the ADT Cham­pi­onship for ‘A Cel­e­bra­tion of Mo­tion’

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Acollection of key Palm Beach phi­lan­thropists rep­re­sent­ing all as­pects of the 2008/2009 char­ity sea­son will team up for BioMo­tion’s In­sti­tute for Mo­bil­ity and Longevity’s up­com­ing gala ef­fort to ben­e­fit chil­dren and adults af­fected by bone and joint dis­or­ders. In con­junc­tion with the ADT Cham­pi­onship, the black-tie af­fair will take place on the eve of the LPGA Sea­son Fi­nalé this Satur­day at the Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach.

Called “A Cel­e­bra­tion of Mo­tion,” the sec­ond an­nual, black-tie event will fea­ture a live auc­tion, cock­tail re­cep­tion and gala din­ner dance at­tended by a ros­ter of prom­i­nent LPGA sports fig­ures.Ven­er­a­ble Palm Beach char­ity host­ess Gale S. Bro­phy will serve as gala chair­woman. Honorary chair­men for the gala is Julie and Amin J. Khoury and gala co-chair­women are Ali Rowe Nel­son and Mar­garita Abr­ishami. Dawn Fen­nessy and Sara Hary­man will serve as Ju­nior Chair­women.Gala host com­mit­tee mem­bers who have joined forces to sup­port the ben­e­fit planned for the or­ga­ni­za­tion in­clude Hil­lary Musser-Bishop, Rose Marie Bran­cato, Ava Cole­man, Tina Ed­ing­ton, Norma Fire­man, Lauren Gar­rett, Bar­bara Katz, Bar­bara Levine, Kristin Magee, Elaine Miller, Jeff Miller, Larry Montello and Mark Queenan.

Base­ball Hall of Fame In­ductee Gary Carter will pitch in sup­port of the gala evening and serve as the event’s em­cee. Grand bene­fac­tors for the gala ben­e­fit are Florence and Lawrence De Ge­orge and Fryda and Ge­orge Lin­de­mann. In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety of Palm Beach Pres­i­dent Herme’ de Wy­man Miro is the Grand Pa­tron. Ad­di­tional spon­sor­ship is pro­vided by Har­ris Pri­vate Bank, The Gar­dens Court, Vive Mag­a­zine, Dr. Anita Man­dal, M.D. Board Cer­ti­fied Fa­cial Plas­tic Sur­geon, Kanaris Jewel­ers and Mya Hand­made Cigars.

The ben­e­fit and black-tie gala will fea­ture a lux­ury car col­lec­tion and ci­gar bar em­po­rium fol­lowed by din­ner and danc­ing to the 13-piece Mar­cia Mitchell Band.

“We are most grate­ful to all of th­ese won­der­ful friends, for­mer pa­tients and donors who will lend their in­valu­able time and tal­ent in sup­port of our cause,” stated Dr. W. An­drew Hodge founder and chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer of BioMo­tion’s In­sti­tute for Mo­bil­ity and Longevity.

Funds raised from this gala evening will ben­e­fit the Pe­di­atric Gait Anal­y­sis for chil­dren with Cere­bral Palsy, The Sa­mar­i­tan Fund for those without the means for or­thopaedic care and the BioMo­tion Or­thopaedic Re­search Lab sit­u­ated in the West Palm Beach based Good Sa­mar­i­tan Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

Es­tab­lished in Bos­ton in 1987 by Dr. W. An­drew Hodge, BioMo­tion’s In­sti­tute for Mo­bil­ity and Longevity’s (IML) mis­sion is to im­prove mo­bil­ity and qual­ity of life through or­thopaedic re­search, ed­u­ca­tion and clin­i­cal ex­cel­lence for in­di­vid­u­als of all ages. The IML moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, in 1992 when an agree­ment was made with Good Sa­mar­i­tan Med­i­cal Cen­ter to de­velop and op­er­ate the new, com­pre­hen­sive, or­thopaedic re­search lab­o­ra­tory for the ben­e­fit of area sur­geons, ther­a­pists and the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

In op­er­a­tion since mid-1992, the IML Or­thopaedic Re­search Lab has es­tab­lished world­wide recog­ni­tion for out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions in the ar­eas of joint re­place­ment, hu­man mo­tion anal­y­sis and sports biome­chan­ics/in­jury preven­tion, and com­puter as­sisted surgery. The lab­o­ra­tory has en­hanced its ca­pac­ity for Pe­di­atric Gait Anal­y­sis, a clin­i­cal ser­vice pro­vid­ing ad­vanced biome­chan­i­cal as­sess­ments and pre-sur­gi­cal plan­ning for chil­dren with se­vere mus­cu­loskele­tal dis­or­ders. With com­mu­nity sup­port, The IML hopes to in­crease the avail­abil­ity of this life chang­ing anal­y­sis to chil­dren of need.

Also, over the last two years, the Foun­da­tion has in­vested in neu­ro­science re­search with stud­ies ad­dress­ing spinal dis­abil­ity.The IML is a 501(c) (3) not for profit re­search and ed­u­ca­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion. With an em­pha­sis on help­ing to cre­ate a world where longevity and mo­bil­ity are im­proved by all. Fund­ing for re­search and ser­vices is pro­vided by in­di­vid­ual donors, ed­u­ca­tional grants, pro­gram grants, cor­po­rate spon­sored re­search and foun­da­tion re­search grants.Tick­ets for the gala evening are $475 per per­son.

Those in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing this Satur­day’s gala or to make a tax-de­ductible con­tri­bu­tion, con­tact The IML offices lo­cated in the Good Sa­mar­i­tan Med­i­cal Cen­ter, 1309 North Fla­gler Drive, West Palm Beach at 561-650-6104 or visit

Gala Grand Pa­tron and In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety of Palm Beach Herme’ de Wy­man Miro

Event em­cee and Base­ball Hall of Fame In­ductee and Gary Carter and wife Sandy Photo by Leonard Bryant

’A Cel­e­bra­tion of Mo­tion’ gala com­mit­tee mem­bers

Gala co-chair­women Mar­garita Abr­ishami and Ali Rowe Nel­son, left, and Ju­nior Chair­women Sara Hary­man and Dawn Fen­nessy. Photo by Gina Fon­tana

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