Back in the States

After a long and successful week of surgery in Chinandega, Nicaragua, LOTWC’s surgical team and non-medical volunteer returned home safely on the 16th and will continue to work with our stateside dental clinic, and stateside surgery until our next mission abroad. LOTWC would like to thank everyone who made this mission to Nicaragua possible and would also like to show recognition to our non-medical volunteer and top bidder from the 2015 Benefit Gala… Alysha Cooper! Alysha is a studying doctor and was very excited to join us! Welcome to the team Alysha!

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Packing Light?

May 9th, LOTWC’s surgical team and non-medical volunteer took off to Chinandega, Nicaragua. And they made sure not forget anything. For this

FullSizeRendermission, LOTWC packed necessary equipment to be able to perform Laparoscopic Orthopedic Surgery for the first time. Nicaragua had no supplies or equipment to perform Laparoscopic surgery, so all equipment and supplies are being sent with LOTWC’s team and coming home with them as well.


Preparing For Our Upcoming Mission Trip

We are currently preparing for our next mission trip to Chinandega, Nicaragua! Our surgical team will be leaving on May 9th and will be returning on the May 16th. We are planning to be performing anywhere from 50- 60 Orthopedic and Hernia surgeries.

photoLOTWC’S surgical team for May Nicaragua Mission Trip:

Theresa Banks RN (Team Leader)

Dr. Nanjappa Subramania

Dr. Jeffrey Lazarus

Mary Torchia MD

Robert Albeck CRNA

Debra Stokes CRNA

Gena Palank RN

Thomas Stokes RN

Louie Teranova Scrub

Beth Compitello Scrub

Gretchen Menikheim Circulator

Arlisha Forbes Circulator

& our non medical

Father Patsy Amabile

Alysha Cooper

We do have a wish-list for this mission trip. If you are able to donate or would like to know more about this upcoming mission, please call us at 772-223-9781 or email us at info@lotwc.us


Stateside Dental Clinic

Did you know LOTWC has a stateside dental clinic? Tuesday and Thursday of every week and Friday once a month LOTWC opens it’s doors to those who are unfortunate and can not afford dental healthcare. The dental office is located in Palm City. If you our someone you know is in need of dental assistance or if you have any questions regarding this service, please do not hesitate to call us. Required to meet Financial guidelines according to the state of Florida and have no dental insurance. Must call to make appointment.

Dental Clinic phone line: 772-223-9784

 Thank you to our dental team who make this possible!

Dr. Mark Civin

Dr. Thomas Jones

Dr. John Karpinski

Ann Arner

Therese Becker

Marybeth Bosco

Beth Competillo

Nancy Mangan

Maureen Slaven

Lorraine Skawski

Louie Terranova

If you would like to join our dental team, visit our “How to Help” page and fill out a volunteer application.

Make sure to check off, “USA Dental Clinic (Palm City, FL)”

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LOTWC’s 2015 Benefit Gala was a Success!

LOTWC’s held it’s annual Benefit Gala on March 14th at the Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club. The night was very successful and consisted of dinner and dancing with live music by Street Talk Orchestra.The live Auction was special this year with two opportunities for bidders to travel with doctors and nurses on separate surgical missions to Nicaragua and Tanzania.  Without the support from all guests who attended, all the volunteers, and all those who donate, missions to countries like Nicaragua, Honduras, & Tanzania would not be possible. A special thank you from LOTWC’s to Laurie Schwab, Diana Reddish, and Nancy Pelton for making this year’s Benefit Gala possible!

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Time is Running Out! RSVP for LOTWC’s 2015 Benefit Gala by 3/4/2015!

Light of The World Charities invites you to join us for the 2015 Benefit Gala!

This year’s Gala will take place on March 4, 2015 from 5:30 pm- 10:30 pm at the Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club in Palm City!

  • Cocktail Reception with Hors D’oeuvres & Silent Auction
  • Dinner (with complimentary wine) & Dancing
  • Live Auction & Grand Raffle
  • Complimentary Valet Parking/Cash Bar
  • Live Entertainment from “Street Talk Orchestra with Steve & Ronda Kaplan”

Donation: $160 per person

Must RSVP by March 4, 2015!

For more information call 772-223-9781



Home from Nicaragua

LOWTC’s surgical team and volunteer left for Chinandega, Nicaragua on Saturday, January 31st and returned home safely on Saturday, February 7th. It was a long but very successful week for LOWTC’s team. This mission the team performed 62 procedures on 59 patients. Welcome Home!

LOWTC's 2015 Surgical Team

LOWTC’s 2015 Surgical Team

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Working in Nicaragua

This Saturday, January 31st LOWTC’s surgical team and non-medical volunteer took off to Chinandega, Nicaragua. After a two and a half hour flight from Miami, Florida, they have all arrived safely. Our surgical team is working with Hosvania Velez, to help those in need of surgeries, which include Lap Chloe and Hernia.

Hosvania Velez and Theresa Banks

Hosvania Velez and Theresa Banks

For this mission, LOWTC’s surgical team includes:

  • Theresa Banks (Team Leader) : RNFA
  • Steve O’Neil: DR- General Surgeon
  • Joe Farr: DR- General Surgeon
  • Ralph Chase: DR-Anesthesia
  • Mark Tasch: DR-Anesthesia
  • Donna Batta: RN Circulator
  • Gretchen Menikheim: RN Circulator
  • Louie Terranova: Surgical Tech
  • Penny Abramowicz: RN
  • Chloe Harshman: ST Scrub
  • Beth Compitello: ST Scrub
  • Brenda Walsh: RN
  • & our non-medical volunteer: Sheryl Scanni




Karen Nelson, Laurie Schwab, Karen Nelson, Beth Compitello and Janice McConnell, members of Light of the World Charities’ luncheon committee, can hardly believe it is time to make plans for LOTWC’S  Annual Luncheon at Manero’s Restaurant on November 8th.  They want to get the news out early as there is limited seating.  For information call 772-223-9781

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March 14th LOTW Banquet

This year’s Light of the World Charities’ Banquet Committee tweaked their annual banquet a little bit and it became their first dinner/dance!!

The popular local group, Rhoda and Steve Kaplan and their Street Talk Orchestra, will be entertaining and providing music for dancing.  The date to be saved is March 14th, and it will be at the Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club.

Seated  L to R:  Theresa Banks, Karen Nelson, Janice McConnell, Rhoda Johnson, Mike Mulligan, Beth Compitello                 Standing:  Joan Ornellas, Ben Inserra, Laurie  Schwab

Seated L to R: Theresa Banks, Karen Nelson, Janice McConnell, Rhoda Johnson, Mike Mulligan, Beth Compitello
Standing: Joan Ornellas, Ben Inserra, Laurie Schwab