Mercy Service League’s 2018 Harvest Ball Raises Funds to Benefit a Mercy Safe Caring Initiative - Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Service League’s 2018 Harvest Ball Raises Funds to Benefit a Mercy Safe Caring Initiative

Posted on: October 23, 2018

Canton Mercy Harvest Ball 2018 with New CEOCanton, Ohio: Mercy Service League held its 2018 Harvest Ball on October 20 at the Canton Memorial Civic Center Auditorium. Mercy Medical Staff physician Dr. Alfred and Tina Martello and Edward and Louise Mahoney served as honorary co-chairs, and Barbara Frustaci and Linda Ganser served as Mercy Service League co-chairs. The event raised over $280,000, with proceeds benefitting the purchase of two Xenex LightStrike™ Germ-Zapping Robots™, a Mercy Safe Caring Initiative.

Approximately 400 guests attended this year’s Harvest Ball, Amore Amalfi, a vintage Italian-inspired evening of Italian cuisine, old-world romance, mid-20th century melodies and the area’s only gala featuring no auction, no wallet, and no program.

“Harvest Ball is a wonderful formal event offered by Mercy Service League, which raises money for important patient care initiatives,” said Paul Hiltz, FACHE, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center. “We’re so appreciative that our Service League members have designated the proceeds this year to help offset the cost of purchasing germ-zapping robots to reduce hospital infections, making Mercy an even safer hospital for our patients. Earlier this year, Mercy became the first health care facility in Stark County to implement these robots which destroy even the most dangerous pathogens. Studies show the robots can reduce infection rates by more than 70 percent.”

Altercare served as the presenting sponsor for the 2018 Harvest Ball, and Mercy Medical Staff served as supporting sponsor. Other sponsors included Gatehouse Media, Metz Culinary Management, Ohio Anesthesia Group, and the Paul and Carol David Foundation. Many other businesses, organizations and individuals were also sponsors, donors, advertisers and underwriters of Harvest Ball 2018.

Save the date for Harvest Ball 2019, The French Connection, scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2019.

Mercy Service League will also hold its Souper Bowl fundraiser on January 27, 2019 at McKinley Aerie #2370, F.O.E. Grill, located at 5024 Monticello Ave., NW, Canton, from 4 to 7 p.m. Join us to sample the best Stark County soups prepared by many of your favorite restaurants. Admission is $30 per person, and doors open at 4 p.m. The Souper Bowl is open to the public. For more information, visit or call Mercy Development Foundation at 330-430-2750 or e-mail

Germ-Zapping Robots

In 2018, Mercy became the first health care facility in Stark County to disinfect hospital surfaces using robots that safely emit germicidal ultraviolet (UVC) rays more intense than sunlight to destroy microorganisms, even in shadowed areas. The hospital now uses two Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots primarily in the intensive care unit (ICU), 5 Main, operating rooms, cardiac surgery, and cardiac catheterization labs.

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