Cheery ‘May Pops’ concert full of snap and crackle, too


Supporters of the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Foundation enjoyed a spectacular afternoon attending the 32nd annual May Pops Spring Concert at the Windsor polo field, with Marlynn and Bill Scully again as presenting sponsors.

VIP ticket holders dined on a lavish buffet luncheon sitting at elegant sponsor tables in cabanas at the northern end of the field, while general admission concertgoers picnicked in their own festive style on the southern side.

Attorney John Moore, as emcee, thanked Windsor as the host venue, and pointed out that a number of the gentlemen were wearing bow ties in honor of the late Dick Post, who with wife Helen started the annual event three decades ago, helping to make it into a signature event and serving as presenting sponsors until last year.

“Our biggest advocates, supporters and donors are all gathered today to celebrate the end of another successful season. I’m thrilled to see all of you here today, and grateful for your support of the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital,” said Roxanne Hall, executive director of the CCIR Foundation, before introducing Dr. David Peter, interim president of CCIRH.

“Dr. Peter has been with Cleveland Clinic since 2019, serving as Chief Medical Officer. He has graciously been serving as both CEO, President and Chief Medical Officer since January 2023. And he has been an amazing partner to philanthropy,” said Hall.

“Today we’re going to recognize two very special Cleveland Clinic Indian River individuals: Michelle Bollinger and Tony Woodruff,” said Peter.

He said Bollinger was retiring after 34 years of service to Cleveland Clinic Indian River, including as executive administrator to the president, and she has been the go-to person for the board, foundation and the community.

“We would also like to highlight a very special person for his exceptional leadership over the last nine years as Cleveland Clinic Indian River Foundation chair, Tony Woodruff,” said Peter, noting that Woodruff served on the foundation board two terms, for a total of 19 years.

“He has had primary leadership and strategic engagement resulting in over $50 million in contributions to Cleveland Clinic Indian River Foundation and will be greatly missed by the hospital, its foundation board members and the staff,” said Peter, adding that Woodruff will now serve as Chair Emeritus to the foundation.

Woodruff was given the honor of conducting the orchestra in its playing of the Star Spangled Banner.

The Brevard Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Christopher Confessore, next presented a delightful concert filled with lighthearted Broadway and film favorites, joined by celebrated vocalists Sal Viviano and Sarah Uriarte Berry.

Photos by Joshua Kodis

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