Rock the Roof Draws Over 900 80s-clad Guests to Support Women and Children’s Services at SMH and the SMH Employee Hurricane Relief Fund


November 7, 2022

On Saturday, November 5th, over 900 attendees were transported back to the 1980s for Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s dance party held on the rooftop of SMH-Sarasota’s West Parking Garage. The evening’s MCs were David and Meredith from the Jones and Company show on iHeart radio. The entertainment featured two physician bands, Midlife Crisis and Cassandra & the Ear-resistibles. Atlanta-based 80’s cover band Electric Avenue headlined. In addition to our community guests, over 60 physicians attended and more than 75 SMH and community volunteers were also on hand to help make the event a success.

“This event was postponed four times due to the pandemic, but community support never waned,” said Healthcare Foundation President Stacey Corley. “We are exceptionally grateful for our sponsors, volunteers and supporters who stuck with us and helped kick off our event season in rockin’ fashion.”

In addition to the phenomenal live 80’s music, guests were treated to food, beverages, and fun from 55 vendors, including a 3-D photo booth, a tattoo station, and a Fly Dance Fitness performance. The SMH rooftop glowed in hot pink, black and silver creating the ultimate guest experience.

“The support the community showed for Sarasota Memorial that night was palpable, and greatly appreciated,” said Sarasota Memorial Health Care System President and CEO David Verinder. “We are incredibly grateful to the Healthcare Foundation and the many people who came out to support our staff and Women & Children’s Services.”

Rock the Roof will rock again on October 21, 2023! Click here for more information.

Event Chairs: Sarah Lodge, Second Vice Chair, Sarasota County Public Hospital Board; Melissa Perrin; and Britt Riner, First Vice Chair, Sarasota County Public Hospital Board.

Headliner Sponsor: Gilbane Building Company

Other Major Sponsors:
Promotor Sponsor, Amicus Foundation; Opener Sponsors: Arthur S. Karp Family Foundation, Inc.; Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation; Charles Perry Partners, Inc.; Douglas Jeep Chrysler Dodge Ram; Janice S. Kelly Memorial Foundation; Susan Tomlinson Wilson, Cornerstone Capital Group at Morgan Stanley; Sutter Roofing.

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