Canton, Ohio: September 24 marks the feast day of Our Lady of Mercy and the founding of Mercy Medical Center by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine on this date in 1908. Mercy Development Foundation presented James F. King, M.D., the 2014 St. Augustine Award for Distinguished Service at its Founders Day Donor Recognition events held Sunday, Sept. 21 at Mercy Medical Center.
A physician, campaign chairman, trusted volunteer and servant leader, King joins Ronald Bennington and Sister Mary Patricia Barrett, CSA, as recipients awarded this highest honor. King was chosen for his tireless efforts as campaign chair of the 2nd Century Campaign, which raised more than $6.1 million for the renovation and expansion of Mercy’s Emergency Department. This campaign marks the first capital campaign for a hospital in Stark County since 1973. King is a member of the board of directors of Mercy Medical Center (2005-2014) and Mercy Development Foundation. He graduated from University of Notre Dame and St. Louis University School of Medicine before joining Mercy Medical Staff in 1969. King was inducted into the Society of St. Luke, Mercy’s physician honor society, in 1997.
Mercy Development Foundation Board of Directors created the St. Augustine Award for Distinguished Service to recognize individuals who show servant leadership, ongoing support and vision promoting the good works of Mercy Medical Center.
About the 2nd Century Campaign
“We are continually amazed and humbled by the generosity of our community and those who have helped us surpass our original fundraising goal beyond what we could have imagined, bringing us to $6.1 million in commitments to date,” says Terry Moore, chairperson of Mercy Development Foundation Board. “We are grateful to our sister ministry, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, who dared us to dream and challenges us to do more by offering a three-to-one challenge grant to help us close the campaign. For every $3 we can raise from new donors and funders, the Foundation will grant us a $1 match,” Moore says.
Permanent recognition to campaign contributors is planned for the new waiting area at the end of the campaign, honoring the generosity of the many individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations. Those interested in supporting this effort are encouraged to contact Mercy Development Foundation at 330-430-2750 or FOUNDATION@cantonmercy.org.
About Mercy Development Foundation
The Mercy Development Foundation, a separate non-profit corporation, helps Mercy Medical Center meet its future needs through charitable gift planning. The Foundation exists solely to benefit the patients, programs, services and capital needs by enhancing the financial capabilities of the Hospital while continuing the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. The Foundation not only oversees the solicitation of funds and gifts from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations, but receives, receipts, records and acknowledges all gifts, and them manages and invests these funds in order to disburse them in the best interests of the Hospital.
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