Going back to when you first started with your organization to now, what has been your proudest personal accomplishment?
The feeling of satisfaction in knowing that I am giving back.
What do you enjoy the most about your work?
How tangible it is. We get to meet the children.
Do you have a mentor; someone who has been there to guide you or consult with you when you needed their input?
I have been blessed with amazing friends who have definitelymentored me at different stages of my life.
What is your greatest challenge at this time?
Sponsorship dollars for our upcoming auction.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
What is the most important thing you have learned through the years?
Everything happens for a reason.
How do you relax?
Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
British Virgin Islands
What do you wish you could have a never-ending supply of?
If you found a treasure chest – and you could keep it, what would you want to be in it?
Assurance that my kids will become responsible adults, with a sound set of values.
How can we reach out to other people in the world?
By giving back
Is there an inspirational book you have read that you would recommend to others?
Gift from the Sea, by Anne Lindbergh
What can make you laugh?
My husband’s nuttiness
What can make you cry?
Are you where you hoped you would be at this point in your life?
What do you still hope to accomplish?
As new manager at my OceanView office, I hope to make it more profitable, by carving a niche within the Coconut Grove community
Is there a fond childhood memory you can share with us?
Spending time at the beach with my cousins
When you were a little girl, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?
What word best describes your life right now?
What is something your parents taught you that you will never forget?
Who is your hero?
Single mothers of disabled children
You are evidently a very capable and talented woman/man, what other talent do you wish you had been born with?
I wish I could sing
Is there a saying, motto, or “words to live by” that is your favorite?
Everything happens for a reason.
What’s the best movie you have ever seen?
The English Patient
What three things are always in your refrigerator?
Milk, eggs and some kind of juice
What is your most treasured possession?
What is your greatest indulgence?
Getting up at 8 in the morning instead of 6 thirty
What is your favorite store for clothes shopping?
I have many “favorites”
What is your favorite restaurant?
What will we find you doing on a Saturday night?
What is your favorite room in your house?
If your house was up for sale, and a potential buyer did a walk through, what would your home say about you?
That I am eclectic and organized
What is your pet peeve?
Everything has its place
What is your greatest strength?
My ability to empathize
What is your greatest weakness?
What are you most disciplined about?
My real estate work
What do you have to say to all the young women/men out there ready to take on the future?
Learn to prioritize.
ROSY CANCELA: FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL KIDS FUND AND CHAIRMAN OF THE IKF LATIN AMERICAN ART AUCTION FOR THE FOURTH YEAR
Rosy Cancela became involved with Jackson Medical Center after taking a tour of the trauma facility in 1992. She knew then and there that she had to be a part of this facility. “Do you know, she asks, “that if you are involved in a near fatal accident anywhere in the US your chances are survival is 75%--but at Jackson it is 95%. Jackson has the only trauma center level one in all of Miami-Dade County.” So Rosy joined the board of the Jackson Memorial Foundation—but not just as a member, but someone who jump started many innovative programs. For example, Rosy helped launch the Golden Angles and the Guardian Angels, two major fund-raising arm of the Jackson Foundation, and served as chairwoman of the Golden Angels for four years. She has been a member of the Public Health Trust for four years, as well.
About five years ago, she realized that a growing number of parents from Latin America and the Caribbean were showing up at the Holtz Children’s Hospital on the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Center campus desperately in need of help for their critically ill children, who couldn’t get the proper medical treatment in their home countries. Plus, once the parents got to Jackson, they couldn’t afford the necessary treatments. This put Rosy into action, once again, and she helped to start the International Kids Fund to help cover the costs of treatments. The International Kids Fund. a program of Jackson Memorial Foundation, seeks to facilitate access to life saving or life changing medical care for children in need. This includes international children who cannot be treated in their native country, as well as children living in the United States who, without IKF assistance, would otherwise have no options. The fund ensures these children receive the best care possible at Holtz Children’s Hospital of the University Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, one of the nation’s premier teaching hospitals
Not wanting to hustle for money case by case, Rosy decided that IKF needed a major fund-raising event to raise big bucks so that the organization had money available when needed. She also wanted to do something this town has never seen before. So, the IKF Latin American Art Auction was born, an auction for serious collectors that sold only cutting edge Latin American contemporary art; the kind of auction that happens only in places like New York City and Europe.
Rosy assembled an amazing team and together they made it happen. The IKF Latin American Art Auction has taken place three years in a row, each year raising more money and more awareness about IKF. The buzz about this auction has hit the art world by storm. The event has not only been a major success with locals, but collectors come from around the world just to attend the event and purchase the art. The auction, according to Rosy, made history in Miami because it links both the arts and the medical philanthropic worlds, a never before happening in town. The fourth annual art auction will be held on Thursday evening October 14th at the prestigious CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation) Art Center at 1018 North Miami Avenue in Miami, Florida.