Dear Friends, Family, and Colleagues,
Well its official, I’m crazy! Somehow I’ve committed to doing something so far out of my element that I’m starting to have anxiety about it. I’m going to be dancing (yes actually dancing) at the 9th annual Boca’s Ballroom Battle (BBB), benefiting the George Snow Scholarship Fund on August 20, 2016 at the Boca Resort!
Just so you know how terrifying this is for me, the competition involves 8 community dancers (matched with 8 professionals from the Fred Astaire dance studio) all competing against each other for the coveted “Mirror Ball” fundraising trophy. I have never actually watched the hit ABC show “Dancing with the Stars”, but the BBB competition is similar (except in front of a live audience of 800+ people)! The annual event is actually very fun and entertaining and I’m honored to have been asked to represent this charity and Boca Raton Regional Hospital. But, I’m going to have to practice hard every week throughout the summer just to not be embarrassing.
Those of you that know me and have seen me lately know that I’m not exactly at the peak of my fitness game and dancing is not something I regularly do. In fact, I have tried to dance before, but the last time was at my wedding 16 years ago! Besides that, my entire dance repertoire consists of: a) the “Chicken Dance”; b) the “Robot”; c) the “Sprinkler”; and d) I think I could probably do the “Hokie Pokey” if I concentrate. I don’t do the “Electric Slide” or the “Running man” – just forget about it. Yes, it’s really that bad… I don’t even go to country bars because I can’t follow the instructions for “line dancing.” People have asked me if I can do the “wobble” or the “nae nae”… but I have no idea what that is. Start talking about any kind formal Ballroom styles like the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, ChaCha, and I’m not sure I know the difference between them! Needless to say my chances of success at this appear dim at the moment. But I like a challenge and I’m in it to win it!!!
So, why would I agree to do this and risk a lifetime of embarrassment, shame, and ridicule? First, I want my kids to know that everyone needs to set goals and take risks throughout their life. Second, this is becoming a personal fitness goal for me and I’m going to try to lose 40lbs by August. Finally, it’s really all for the George Snow Scholarship Fund and I’m setting some stretch goals of raising some real money for the Fund! If you don’t know about the GSSF it is a great organization which provides educational scholarships to deserving students! For me, its organizations like this that really provide the best hope at supporting deserving young students who may not otherwise have a chance to go to college. Last year the Fund distributed over $617,000 towards the education of 67 deserving students. The Fund was also honored as the “2015 Scholarship Provider of the Year” by the National Scholarship Providers Association.
I could really use your help and support. I saw some of my competitors dancing last weekend at various events and they are going to be spectacular! So, the only real chance I have for success is through your donations and support. There are plenty of ways you can help with this and you can donate under my name by clicking on the Donate Button below my photo. If you live in or near Boca Raton, I’d love for you to come to the event and watch me try to do this. I’ve tried to reserve a handful of tables, but they will go quick so please buy your tickets now!
- Create a special program ad in honor of the event (tons of great PR for you or your organization)!
- There are tons of sponsorship opportunities at a variety of levels!
- Finally, these are all tax deductible donations and any level of support you can provide are greatly appreciated. You can donate online (remember to select my name) or you can send a donation by check (place my name in the message line) to:
George Snow Scholarship Fund
Attn: Debi Feiler
201 Plaza Real, Suite #260
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Please remember the more you contribute, the better chances I have at being successful in this! I’ll be sending out updates along the way and posting regularly on social media and I hope I can count on your support.
All of my personal thanks and best to you!
Alex Eremia is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Inc. and its affiliated companies (“BRRH”). Mr. Eremia oversees all of the legal affairs of the company. His principal areas of focus include physician practice acquisitions, compliance and governance, commercial negotiations, medical staff matters, government audits/investigations, anti-trust issues, tax-exempt issues, clinical research and laboratory activities, health information privacy and security issues, payment model redesign issues, and providing strategic and legal advice to the management team and the Board of Trustees. In addition, Mr. Eremia serves as Corporate Secretary and as the organization’s chief risk officer and is responsible for managing the organization’s self-insurance trust, managing professional liability exposure, and managing the organization’s employment practices liability.
Prior to joining BRRH, Mr. Eremia was Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for MedStar Health, Inc. (“MedStar”), a $4 Billion dollar non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) health system comprised of nine hospitals and one of the largest providers of health care services in the Mid-Atlantic region. During his ten (10) years at MedStar, Mr. Eremia provided legal counsel to each of the MedStar subsidiary companies and counseled the Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors on strategic and business initiatives affecting the enterprise as well as served as Corporate Secretary to various MedStar Health subsidiary Boards of Directors. In addition, Mr. Eremia managed and supervised a team of legal and privacy professionals, served as the system’s chief regulatory counsel, lead the system-wide intellectual property strategy and protection efforts, re-designed and developed its privacy program. Prior to joining MedStar, Mr. Eremia was Associate Counsel with the Civil Recoveries Branch in the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General, Office of Inspector General (“OIG”), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. During this period, he was also appointed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia to prosecute health care fraud matters. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Biopsychology where he was a Regent’s Scholarship Award Recipient; he received his Juris Doctor from DePaul College of Law with Certification as a Health Lawyer and where he was a staff writer on the Journal of Health Law; and he received his LL.M. (Master of Laws, Health Law) from Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he was awarded the LL.M. Fellowship and was the Editor of the Annals of Health Law.
Mr. Eremia and his family (and new puppy – Toby) reside in Boca Raton and are active supporters of the Boy Scouts of America and St. Joan of Arc Church and School. He has two sons, Kyle (14) is working on his Eagle Scout project and Ryan (12) has achieved 1st Class Rank. Both sons attend Don Estridge High Tech Middle School.