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2015 Magnolia Ball Raised $1.4 Million to Benefit the NCH Oncology Unit

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A magnificent evening of Southern Charm unfolded at the beach estate of Sandra and Alan Gerry where nearly 300 guests experienced the 2015 Magnolia Ball on Saturday, April 11. This signature event started with a cocktail reception overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, followed by dinner and dancing. Chairs Simone and Scott Lutgert announced the event raised $1.4 million.

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NCH Oncology UnitProceeds from the 2015 Magnolia Ball will make possible special improvements to the William and Susan Dalton Oncology Unit at the NCH Downtown Hospital. Patients undergoing cancer treatment--who often spend 30 to 60 days on the unit--will benefit from a more holistic approach to care promoting a comfortable, calming environment that encourages healing.

For information about Patron levels for the 2017 Magnolia Ball, which begin at $6,000 per couple, please contact Monica Biondo at the NCH Healthcare System Foundation at (239) 624-2019 or send an email to


Simone and Scott Lutgert Serving as Chairs of 2015 Magnolia Ball

Simone-Scott-LutgertNaples residents Simone and Scott Lutgert are serving as Chairs for the 2015 Magnolia Ball to benefit NCH’s Cancer programs. The Ball is scheduled for Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Private Estate of Sandra and Alan Gerry.

“Scott and I are honored to chair this event,” said Simone Lutgert. “We fully recognize the importance of world class healthcare for our community, and we are committed to supporting it, both now and into the future. This truly is a one-of-a-kind ball and we believe it is considered one of the events of the season that simply shouldn’t be missed.”

“Having personally witnessed family members battle cancer, I know all too well the deleterious effects that battle has on both patients and families,” added Scott Lutgert. “I strongly believe in carrying on the legacy of my loved ones who not only faced cancer, but also trusted in this community’s quality medical care for themselves and others. This elegant, Southern-style fundraiser has benefitted many and we know we can do so much more with the help of generous donors in our community.”

“The NCH Healthcare Foundation is privileged to have Simone and Scott serve as Chairs for this year’s Magnolia Ball,” said Allen Weiss, M.D., President and CEO of the NCH Healthcare System.  “Scott’s father, Raymond L. Lutgert, made significant gifts to NCH over the years, including a major gift to provide funding for the Lutgert Cancer Pavilion, among other programs. Scott and Simone have followed in his footsteps and have graciously supported NCH for many years. Their willingness to contribute their time and energy to Chair this important event is a testament to their community philanthropic spirit."

The Magnolia Ball, founded in 2001 by Suzanne and Bob Chute, has raised nearly $7 million to provide equipment, facilities, treatment and caring support for Collier County patients with cancer and their families receiving treatment at NCH Healthcare System.

For information about Patron levels for the Magnolia Ball 2015, please contact Monica Biondo at the NCH Healthcare System Foundation at (239) 624-2000 or send an email to

About Scott and Simone Lutgert

Scott Lutgert has been a resident and real estate developer in Naples and Southwest Florida since 1970. His accomplishments include the development of Park Shore and its 17 luxury beachfront high-rises, the luxury high-rises of Bonita Bay and two luxury golf course communities: Estuary at Grey Oaks (Naples) and Linville Ridge (North Carolina). His development expertise also includes some of Southwest Florida’s most prominent commercial real estate including the Village on Venetian Bay, The Promenade at Bonita Bay and Mercato. A Florida-licensed Real Estate Broker, Scott serves as Chairman of the Lutgert Companies, which has additional holdings in Lutgert Insurance, Lutgert Title
and Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.

A member of NCH Healthcare System’s Board of Trustees from 2001-2009 and Chairman of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Boart of Trustees for 12 years, Scott is involved in many Southwest Florida foundations and charitable organizations. He has received numerous awards for his contributions, including Edison College’s Holland T. Salley Leadership in Fostering Education Award, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s Business Leadership Hall of Fame Award and Gulfshore Life’s Man of the Year Award.

Simone Chassin Lutgert was born and raised in Pensacola, Fla. A member of the Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society, she is a magna cum laude graduate of Memphis State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Simone worked as a sales and marketing executive while raising her family in Memphis. She retired to Naples with her family in 1996. In addition to spending time with her family and friends, traveling, boating, and playing tennis and golf, she volunteers for various charitable organizations. Simone co-founded the Shelter for Abused Women & Children’s Women of Means outreach program. An Emeritus Board member of the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’MON), she served in leadership and committee positions for Southwest Florida’s most prominent organizations, including: Naples Botanical Garden, Hats in the Garden Luncheon (three years); the Magnolia Ball Committee(5 years); the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival (VIP Party Co-Chairman); the 2005 and 2007 Naples Winter Wine Festival (Marketing and Creative Director); the 2004 Naples Winter Wine Festival (Auction Day Co-Chairman); and the Naples Children and Education Foundation (Grant Committee, two years).

Simone has received numerous awards, including the 2013 Stars in the Arts Award (with her husband Scott); The Shelter for Abused Women & Children Ken Venturi Award (2013); Gulfshore Life Woman of the Year (2010); Donna Karan’s “Women Who Inspire” (2010) and 2010-2013 DK Style Ambassador; 2008 Outstanding Philanthropist by the Community Foundation of Collier County (with Scott) and the Woman of Style (2008).



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 Thank you to our media sponsors for the 2015 Magnolia Ball:

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 Thank you to the sponsors of the Tea & Tee held Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.



































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