Mercy Service League’s 2014 Harvest Ball Raises Funds to Benefit Mercy General Practice Dental Residency Endowment Fund - Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Service League’s 2014 Harvest Ball Raises Funds to Benefit Mercy General Practice Dental Residency Endowment Fund

Posted on: October 14, 2014

Mercy Service League held its 2014 Harvest Ball on Saturday, Oct. 11th at the Canton Memorial Civic Center’s Auditorium. Joe L. Carpenter, D.M.D., oral maxillofacial surgeon, current member of Mercy Medical Center’s Board of Directors and former Founding Chief of the Section of Dentistry for Mercy Medical Center, served as honorary medical staff chair, and Christine Ridgway and Tina Linz served as Mercy Service League co-chairs.

The event raised more than $291,000 to benefit the Mercy General Practice Dental Residency Endowment Fund. Themed “A Mod, Mod World,” this year’s Harvest Ball was considered an energetic and exciting evening of dining, dancing, fun and fellowship. The Harvest Ball is a highlight of Mercy Service League’s yearlong fundraising efforts and attracted more than 380 guests this year.

“Harvest Ball celebrates the continuing mission of Mercy Medical Center and contributes to the health of our community by supporting Mercy General Practice Dental Residency Endowment Fund,” Carpenter said. “I am grateful to everyone for their support of this event as Mercy strives to meet the community’s number one unmet health care need – comprehensive dental care.”


Major sponsors of the 2014 Harvest Ball included Altercare of Ohio, Inc.; Mercy Medical Center Medical Staff; Inpatient Medical Services, Inc.; BakerHostetler, LLP; Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Ohio Anesthesia Group, Inc. – Stark Division; Paul & Carol David Foundation; The Repository and About Magazine and Mix 94.1 & News-Talk 1480 WHBC. Many other businesses, organizations and individuals were also sponsors, donors, advertisers and underwriters of Harvest Ball 2014. Save the date for next year’s signature fund-raising event.

The 2015 Harvest Ball has been set for Saturday, October 24 with an exciting new theme, “Ignite the Night”!

Mercy Service League will also hold its Souper Bowl fundraiser on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Meyer’s Lake Ballroom, 3218 Parkway St NW, Canton, OH 44708. Join us in sampling the best Stark County soups prepared by many of your favorite restaurants. Admission is $25 per person and doors open at 4:30 p.m. The Souper Bowl is open to the public – for more information on this event, or Mercy Service League membership, please call Mercy Development Foundation at 330-430-2750 or e-mail

Mercy General Practice Dental Residency Endowment Fund:

The General Practice Dental Residency Endowment Fund began in 2010 through the generosity of the Stark County Dental Society in commemoration its 100th anniversary. The immediate purpose of the Fund is to help defray the expense associated with the General Practice Dental Residency Program not covered through routine operating expenses and revenues while making major contributions to the health care of the region, the State of Ohio and the nation.

Established in 2007 on the hospital’s main campus, Mercy Dental Services & General Practice Dental Residency program addresses the community’s number one unmet healthcare need – comprehensive dental care. Mercy Dental Services offers a broad range of multi-specialty preventative, cosmetic and restorative dental services for the entire family, in a state-of-the-art facility unmatched by any other in our area. Staffed by qualified general dentists and oral specialists, the program features a post-doctoral dental residency training program that provides oral health care to all types of patients, with an emphasis on those with complex medical conditions. The General Practice Dental Residency Endowment Fund allows us to continue to provide top-notch dental care to the poor and underserved in our community.

Mercy Service League:

The mission of the Mercy Service League is to support the ideals and philosophies of Mercy Medical Center and the ministry of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine through friendship, fellowship and fund-raising. Service League members provide service, outreach and education within the Medical Center and the community. Net proceeds from the past Harvest Balls have generated more than $750,000 for the expansion and renovation of the Emergency Department at Mercy Medical Center.

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Pictured at the 2014 Mercy Service League Harvest Ball are:

(L to R) Michael Linz, M.D.; Tina Linz, Harvest Ball co-chair; Debbie Carpenter; Joe L. Carpenter, M.D., member of the Board of Directors of Mercy Medical Center and Harvest Ball honorary medical staff chair; Christine Ridgway, Harvest Ball co-chair; Scott Ridgway; Kimberly Cecconi and Thomas E. Cecconi, President and CEO of Mercy Medical Center.

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