ROSY CANCELA: FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL KIDS FUND AND CHAIRMAN OF THE IKF LATIN AMERICAN ART AUCTION FOR THE FOURTH YEAR
Rosy Cancela became involved with Jackson Medical Center after taking a tour of the trauma facility in 1992. She knew then and there that she had to be a part of this facility. “Do you know, she asks, “that if you are involved in a near fatal accident anywhere in the US your chances are survival is 75%--but at Jackson it is 95%. Jackson has the only trauma center level one in all of Miami-Dade County.” So Rosy joined the board of the Jackson Memorial Foundation—but not just as a member, but someone who jump started many innovative programs. For example, Rosy helped launch the Golden Angles and the Guardian Angels, two major fund-raising arm of the Jackson Foundation, and served as chairwoman of the Golden Angels for four years. She has been a member of the Public Health Trust for four years, as well.
About five years ago, she realized that a growing number of parents from Latin America and the Caribbean were showing up at the Holtz Children’s Hospital on the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Center campus desperately in need of help for their critically ill children, who couldn’t get the proper medical treatment in their home countries. Plus, once the parents got to Jackson, they couldn’t afford the necessary treatments. This put Rosy into action, once again, and she helped to start the International Kids Fund to help cover the costs of treatments. The International Kids Fund. a program of Jackson Memorial Foundation, seeks to facilitate access to life saving or life changing medical care for children in need. This includes international children who cannot be treated in their native country, as well as children living in the United States who, without IKF assistance, would otherwise have no options. The fund ensures these children receive the best care possible at Holtz Children’s Hospital of the University Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, one of the nation’s premier teaching hospitals
Not wanting to hustle for money case by case, Rosy decided that IKF needed a major fund-raising event to raise big bucks so that the organization had money available when needed. She also wanted to do something this town has never seen before. So, the IKF Latin American Art Auction was born, an auction for serious collectors that sold only cutting edge Latin American contemporary art; the kind of auction that happens only in places like New York City and Europe.
Rosy assembled an amazing team and together they made it happen. The IKF Latin American Art Auction has taken place three years in a row, each year raising more money and more awareness about IKF. The buzz about this auction has hit the art world by storm. The event has not only been a major success with locals, but collectors come from around the world just to attend the event and purchase the art. The auction, according to Rosy, made history in Miami because it links both the arts and the medical philanthropic worlds, a never before happening in town. The fourth annual art auction will be held on Thursday evening October 14th at the prestigious CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation) Art Center at 1018 North Miami Avenue in Miami, Florida.