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Bethesda Hospital cancels Bethesda Ball


By Amy Woods

The Bethesda Ball would have celebrated its 65th anniversary March 14 at The Breakers on Palm Beach. Instead, because of concern about the coronavirus, the biggest fundraiser of the year for Bethesda Hospital has been canceled.

Nelson Lazo sent an email March 12 to supporters, apologizing for the short notice.

“We take the health of our community very seriously…but as we see a growing number of updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other sources regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we feel it is in the best interest of our Bethesda community to cancel this year’s event,” Lazo wrote in the email. “As always, we are most grateful for all you do to support Bethesda Hospital in our commitment to maintain the highest standards of clinical and service excellence, rooted in the utmost integrity and moral practice.”

Upward of $600,000 was expected to be raised for upgrades to the emergency room, registration areas and the women’s center, among other projects benefiting local healthcare.

For information, call 561-737-7733, Ext. 85398 or visit

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