STA Florida Selects the Promise Fund of Florida to Honor as its 2024 Charitable Foundation

Posted by on Jul 28, 2023

The Promise Fund of Florida inspires stories of hope and transformation in women’s healthcare. The Promise Fund of Florida, a remarkable not-for-profit organization, was founded in 2018 by Nancy G. Brinker in honor of her sister, Susan G. Komen. Their mission is to ensure that every woman has access to preventative screenings and treatment for breast and cervical cancer, regardless of the barriers to care.

Breast and Cervical Cancer, when detected early, boast impressively high cure rates of 99% and 95%, respectively. Such advancements in medical science and early detection techniques are a cause for celebration. However, it is disheartening to witness the number of women still facing challenges in accessing the healthcare they desperately need.

Enter the Promise Fund, the hero of this story. Through its innovative Continuum of Care model, the Promise Fund is creating systemic change in healthcare service delivery. Patient Navigators, the organization’s compassionate and well-trained superheroes, build trusted relationships with patients. These navigators are culturally competent, bilingual, and carefully selected from the community, undergoing rigorous training in breast and cervical health, navigation, and reporting. They help patients overcome barriers to care, arranging transportation, childcare, and translation services.

The Promise Fund has partnered with esteemed providers, including Tenet Healthcare Corporation (state-wide), Baptist Health South Florida – Baptist Cancer Care, and Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa, to offer pro bono or reduced-cost healthcare services, thus alleviating the burden of the complex healthcare system.

In 2020, the Promise Fund piloted a co-located Women’s Health Center at a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC) in West Palm Beach, Florida. FQHCs are vital community-based facilities that provide comprehensive primary care services to uninsured or low-income individuals in areas of high need. The center offers mammography screening, breast ultrasound, cervical health services, and more.

The impact of the navigators and the Women’s Health Center has been remarkable, engaging over 25,000 women, treating over 80 cancers, and helping more than 5,000 women find medical homes. Additionally, over 19,000 women received education and outreach, while more than 4,000 mammograms and 2,000 pap tests were conducted at little to no cost to the patients.

The Promise Fund’s patient-centered approach has yielded impressive results. Over 98% of women navigated by the organization comply with receiving their screening mammogram, far surpassing the national average. Research consistently shows that patient navigators significantly improve patient outcomes by facilitating early screening and timely access to treatment, reducing disease progression and healthcare costs.

Buoyed by the success of their Women’s Health Center, the Promise Fund is replicating this model in three additional FQHCs in Palm Beach and Broward County and expanding to Miami-Dade, St. Lucie, and Martin Counties. They are also making waves at the state-level, collaborating with the Florida Association of Health Plans and hosting Legislative Receptions in Tallahassee to advocate for women’s health, health equity, and access to care.

With continued support, both public and private, the Promise Fund aims to expand navigation services and co-locate Women’s Health Centers statewide and beyond, leaving no woman in Florida without essential breast and cervical cancer resources.

Your support will make a meaningful difference in the lives of countless women, empowering them to access life-saving healthcare services without barriers.

Let us come together to celebrate the triumphs of medical science and early detection while ensuring that every woman can access the care she deserves. The Promise Fund is making a profound impact, and with your help, their mission can reach even greater heights.

To learn more about the Promise Fund, visit

2023 STA FL Conference Features Resident DJ, DJ Dhave and Guest DJ, DJ Double S

Posted by on Jan 31, 2023

This year’s conference will feature two DJs providing music for Friday’s Networking Reception and Saturday’s Closing Reception.

For over 20 years, David Luckain has cemented his reputation as an elite DJ by being one of the select few able to take audiences worldwide on a sonic journey through jazz, disco, rock, reggae, pop, hip-hop and many other genres of music.

New York City’s own DJ Double S (Stephen Seidita) has been a resident spinning in almost all the major clubs and lounges in New York.  He has also toured and spun in犀利士
Las Vegas, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Cancun, Toronto, Montreal, and Madrid.  

To learn more about this year’s DJs, click here.

STA Florida Selects Kids Beating Cancer as 2023 Conference Charity

Posted by on Dec 14, 2022

STA Florida is pleased to announce Kids Beating Cancer as the 2023 Conference charity organization.

Kids Beating Cancer’s Mission

Every new year is filled with exciting possibilities, and for Kids Beating Cancer, 2022 marks our 30th year!

Thirty years of carrying out our mission of providing children ACCESS to life-saving treatments through the science of cellular therapy and advancing pediatric innovative, novel, research, moving new discoveries to patient care, while supporting the children and their families throughout the journey to a cure. Science is the Cure to Saving Children’s Lives.

Their Philosophy:

Keep Hope Alive

Fight for a Cure for Every Child Keep the Family Together

Their Vision for the Future:

Kids Beating Cancer’s 30th Anniversary vision going forward is to have a place dedicated to curing children by establishing the Kids Beating Cancer Research & Children’s Center. “Our focus today and going forward remains on the belief we all strive for – the day when no child will die before they can experience the joy of life. The Kids Beating Cancer Research & Children’s Center will be a gift to the children of central Florida and beyond, allowing our philosophy: to keep hope alive, to fight for a cure for every child, and to keep the family together, to flourish. Science and treatment will continue to be at the apex, where knowledge, treatment and family support coalesce to cure a little boy or girl,” states Margaret Guedes, founder of Kids Beating Cancer.

To learn more about Kids Beating Cancer, visit their website, download the About Us brochure, or this list of the organization’s accomplishments.

STA Florida adds Kids’ Night events to the 2020 Conference

Posted by on Jan 16, 2020

STA Florida is excited to announce the addition of events for kids at this year’s conference. Kids’ Night will allow attendees to leave their kids with Professional Caregivers. A wide variety of activities will be available to kids including toys, crafts, and movies!

To learn more about this exciting event, view our Kids’ Night flyer.

STA Florida is honored to have Mr. Jeff Saut of Raymond James as their very own Special Guest Speaker

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019


As Raymond James’ chief investment strategist and a managing director of the firm’s Equity Research department, Jeff Saut provides timely and insightful market commentary to Raymond James financial advisors, their clients, portfolio managers and institutional clients through daily strategy calls and weekly written commentary, as well as local and national media appearances.

Meet Jeff Saut

A disciple of the markets for more than 46 years, Jeff possesses a breadth of experience in the field few can match. He was managing director of research at Roney & Co. when it became part of Raymond James in 1999. Prior to that, he was managing director of equity capital markets for Sterne, Agee & Leach. His responsibilities there included equity research, investment banking, institutional sales and syndicate.

After graduating from St. Andrews in early 1971, Jeff began his career on a trading desk in New York, becoming a trading desk manager in 1972. In 1973, he joined E.F. Hutton & Company, where he began following equities and providing research commentary. He subsequently worked as a securities analyst for Wheat First Securities, and then Branch Cabell & Co., where he was director of research and acted as portfolio manager for the firm’s affiliate, Exeter Capital Management. Jeff was also director of research for the regional brokerage firm Ferris, Baker Watts, Inc., where he developed the firm’s research and institutional sales efforts.

Jeff is well known for his insightful and colorful stock market commentary when appearing on various programs on PBS, NPR, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, USA Network and Fox News, as well as various local radio and television networks. He is often quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Barron’s, The Washington Post, BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, Fortune and SmartMoney, as well as on websites including and