As Holtz Children’s Hospital grew, it became apparent that a widespread community effort was needed to support expansion and renovation of the hospital. Rolando Rodriguez led his staff and a dedicated group of board members to recruit a cadre of dedicated women, and launched an exciting new group of involved donors and volunteer supporters. Started in 1997 with only five dedicated women, the Guardian Angels now number in the hundreds, composed of dedicated supporters who give and raise money through private events and generous annual donations.
Holtz Children's Hospital has been modernized and renovated - floor by floor - primarily through the tireless work of this dedicated group. The Guardian Angels annual “Guardian of the Angels Luncheon” has become one of the social highlights of the fundraising season, and the group’s partnership with the Miami Heat through the annual "Heat Family Picnic" has raised hundreds of thousands for the children of South Florida and added prestige and recognition to Holtz's services and physicians.