CELINA — Mercer Health celebrated 65 years of serving the community on Saturday, November 21st with the reintroduction of The Charity Ball. The Charity Ball, a once annual event, started in 1950, the year Our Lady of Mercy hospital, the predecessor to current day Mercer Health opened its doors, and continued for over four decades.
The original Charity Ball was orchestrated by the Auxiliary of Our Lady of Mercy and later Mercer County Community Hospital. The Auxiliary, which has since disbanded and reorganized as the Volunteer Association at Mercer Health, set a golden standard for local community social events while supporting the hospital and the local healthcare needs of the community. With that spirit, the Charity Ball was reintroduced to the community in association with the milestone anniversary.
More than 325 guests enjoyed the evening at the Galleria in Celina, where Mercer Health recently moved three of its services, Mercer Health Home Care, Mercer Health Medical Equipment and Mercer Health Rehabilitation Services, provided by The Community Sports and Therapy Center.
In affiliation with the Charity Ball, a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe was given away in a reverse auction with 1,000 tickets being sold. The winner, Cindy Barber from Elida, Ohio, held ticket number 338, which was the final ticket to be pulled at the conclusion of the event. Several other prizes were given in affiliation with the drawing.
“Our committee did a fantastic job orchestrating a great event and fun-filled evening, celebrating the 65 year history as well as the future of Mercer Health,” said Deb Hemmelgarn, community relations coordinator and event chairperson for the Charity Ball. “We were fortunate to have the support of the community and medical staff and administration. We want to thank everyone that contributed in any way from the sponsors to the photographer to the decorator to the cater to the valet service, it was a truly collaborative effort for the benefit of our community and the future of its healthcare services. We are so grateful. All proceeds from the Charity Ball and the Corvette ticket sales went to the MED Foundation of Mercer Health with the specific purpose to support future advancements of the Mercer Health organization.”
“As a community anchor for the past 65 years, we at Mercer Health understand our responsibility as community stewards by providing and supporting quality wellness initiatives and healthcare services, quality employment and strong economic support. We will continue to take the lead in setting the pace for a healthy community.” said Mindy Kremer, senior director of development, marketing and community relations for Mercer Health.
The 2016 Mercer Health Charity Ball will be held on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at the Galleria in Celina.