GAINESVILLE, Fla., Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sebastian Ferrero Foundation announced today that Nextran Corporation and Pritchett Trucking will serve as the Presenting Sponsors of the sixth annual Noche de Gala on Saturday, October 26th at Besilu Collection in Micanopy, Florida. The $100,000 sponsorship will benefit the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation and the UF Health Shands Children's Hospital.
Based in Gainesville, Florida, Nextran Corporation is a network of full service medium and heavy-duty truck dealerships representing Mack, Volvo, Isuzu, Mitsubishi and Ford. Nextran Truck Centers are conveniently located along major truck routes throughout Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Pritchett Trucking, Inc., based in Lake Butler, Florida, is a regional truck load carrier operating predominantly in the southeastern United States.
"We are proud to support our community and partner with such a tremendously committed organization like the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation," said Jon W. Pritchett, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nextran Corporation and Pritchett Trucking, Inc. "The Foundation and its supporters have helped transform pediatric healthcare in our region."
"We are extremely honored and grateful to have Nextran Corporation and Pritchett Trucking support the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation with such a generous donation and to have Jon and Kelly Pritchett serve as our Noche de Gala Event Chairs. They are passionate leaders who continue to help spread our mission and fully support the development of the new children's hospital at the University of Florida. With avid children's advocates like the Pritchett's and our co-chairs from around our state and region, we are positioned to continue making critical improvements in pediatric health care," said Horst Ferrero, Founder of Sebastian Ferrero Foundation.
This year's event leadership team includes U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, U.S. Congressman Ted Yoho, world-renowned artist Romero Britto serving as Foundation Ambassador and regional co-chairs from around Florida and the Southeast. The event theme for Noche de Gala 2013 is "Oasis" and will feature unique live performances, Paso Fino champion horse shows, a silent auction and exquisite dining by Embers Wood Grill. To learn more and get involved, visit www.NochedeGala.org.
ABOUT SEBASTIAN FERRERO FOUNDATION
Sebastian Ferrero Foundation was created by Horst and Luisa Ferrero in November 2007 in memory of their happy and healthy three-year-old son, Sebastian, who died in October 2007 as a result of a series of preventable medical errors including a medication overdose in Gainesville, Florida. The mission of the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation is to advocate and fundraise for a state-of-the-art, full service children's hospital in Gainesville, Florida while promoting excellence in patient safety and ensuring that all families are treated with compassion, courtesy and dignity. The Foundation works on patient safety initiatives with the Sebastian Ferrero Office of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety and supports the creation of the UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. For more, visit: www.SebastianFerrero.org.
SOURCE Sebastian Ferrero Foundation