Welcome to the Scott Coopersmith Stroke Awareness Foundation!

Dear Friends, Family and Supporters:

On behalf of The Scott Coopersmith Stroke Awareness Foundation, I would like to personally thank you for your generosity and support. Your commitment to helping raise Stroke Awareness in our community is sincerely appreciated.
For the 5th year in a row, we managed to come together with a common goal, and we are proud to announce that we exceeded our annual fundraising goal and raised over $40,000 in donations!! As I said at the gala, we could not have done this without each and every one of you.
To those of you who came out and joined us at the Westin, I hope that you all had a wonderful evening and appreciate your support…I hope to see you next July 11, 2015 for the 6th Annual Gala!

To those of you who sent in a monetary donation, I can’t begin to tell you how each and every penny makes such a huge difference in our fundraising goals, and thank you for your contribution!

Once again, our silent auction was a tremendous success!! Thank you to all of our product donators!

To Ms. Alex Dixon, our guest speaker, you are truly amazing and an inspiration to all. Your message of hope and living your best life will stay with all of our guests forever! Thank you for sharing your motivating story; thank you for sharing your positive energy and spirit with everyone at the gala; thank you for being you! We were incredibly honored to have you with us and look forward to working with you in the future to continue to raise stroke awareness! Visit www.astrokeofluck.net to read more about Alex and order her book, A Stroke of Luck.

To our sponsors, Dr. Michael Bellew and Orlando Neurosurgery, Dr. Yasmine Kareem from The Women’s Center, The Leonard Family, The Romano Family, Central Florida Realty Experts, The Wemert Group, Tropic Care of Florida, The Pritchard Family, Ryam Shim and the Hillson Family, thank you so very much for believing in our foundation and supporting our efforts in raising stroke awareness. We hope that you enjoyed your evening as our guests and hope that we can count on you again in future years!

Thank you to our Hero of the Year, Dr. Janet Whiteside, founder of the Aphasia House at UCF, who has made it her life’s work to help stroke survivors with aphasia! We look forward to working with you more closely in the future!

Thank you to our amazing photographer, Matt Baclar, from Dark Light Photography who helped us capture incredible moments throughout the evening of our guests!

Thank you to our Board of Directors who volunteered their time throughout the year to help us make our 5th Annual event the best yet! We could not have done it without all of your help!

It brings me so much joy to know that Scott's memory is living on, not only among his immediate family but within our extended family and community as well.

We look forward to planning another great event next year and are looking to build our Board of Directors for our Foundation. We continue to seek responsible, motivated, passionate people talented in all fields of work to become a part of our team and help us to continue to raise stroke awareness in our community and beyond. If you are interested in becoming a part of our Board of Directors, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We plan to have our next meeting in September and welcome anyone who may be interested!

Please click the link below to view the pictures from the gala and send us any others you may have.

Darklight Photography Gallery

Matt from Darklight Photography has graciously made all photos free to download as a 4x6. If you wish to order a print, you can do so directly from his website and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Scott Coopersmith Stroke Awareness Foundation.

Best Wishes,

Deanna Coopersmith-Marquez
The Scott Coopersmith Stroke Awareness Foundation