Mercy Service League’s 2016 Harvest Ball Raises Funds to Benefit The Mercy Facility Transformation Project - Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Service League’s 2016 Harvest Ball Raises Funds to Benefit The Mercy Facility Transformation Project

Posted on: October 25, 2016

Mercy Service League held its 2016 Harvest Ball on Saturday, Oct. 15th at the Canton Memorial Civic Center Auditorium. Mercy Medical Staff president, Aida Safar, M.D., served as honorary medical staff chair, and Julie Gill and Kathleen Prasnal served as Mercy Service League co-chairs. The event raised over $250,000, with proceeds benefitting the Mercy Facility Transformation Project.

Themed “Black & White,” this year’s Harvest Ball was an evening reminiscent of the roaring 1920’s, filled with fine dining, dancing, fun and fellowship.  The Harvest Ball, Mercy Service League’s signature fund raising event, attracted approximately 400 guests this year.

“The Harvest Ball celebrates the continuing mission of Mercy Medical Center by supporting the Mercy Facility Transformation Project,” said Thomas E. Cecconi, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center. “We are grateful to everyone for their support of this event as Mercy creates an improved experience for our patients and their families.”

Altercare of Ohio, Inc. served as the presenting sponsor for the 2016 Harvest Ball. Other major sponsors included Mercy Medical Center Medical Staff; The Repository and About MagazineBakerHostetler, LLP; Ohio Anesthesia Group, Inc. – Stark Division; Paul & Carol David Foundation and Metz Culinary Management.  Many other businesses, organizations and individuals were also sponsors, donors, advertisers and underwriters of Harvest Ball 2016.

Save the date for the 2017 Harvest Ball which has been scheduled for Saturday, October 21st with an exciting new theme, “Feast & Fantasy”!

Mercy Service League will also hold its Souper Bowl fundraiser on Sunday, January 29, 2017 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 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 Facility Transformation Project

Proceeds from the 2016 Harvest Ball will benefit the Mercy Facility Transformation Project–an initiative to provide more private rooms throughout the hospital. This first phase is scheduled to begin in 2017 with the renovation of the hospital’s 5th floor into a state-of-the art Orthopedic/Observation unit, creating a Total Joint Center of Excellence within the walls of Mercy Medical Center.


Photo Caption:  Pictured at the 2016 Mercy Service League Harvest Ball are:


(L to R) Kathleen Prasnal, Harvest Ball co-chair; Dr. Frank Prasnal; Aida Safar, M.D., Harvest Ball honorary medical staff chair; Mohamed M. Al Jaberi, M.D.,; Julie Gill, Harvest Ball co-chair; Thomas E. Cecconi, President and CEO of Mercy Medical Center.

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