Mercy Service League's 2019 Harvest Ball Raises Funds to Benefit the Mercy Facility Transformation Clinical Decision Unit - Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Service League’s 2019 Harvest Ball Raises Funds to Benefit the Mercy Facility Transformation Clinical Decision Unit

Posted on: October 22, 2019

Mercy Service League held its 2019 Harvest Ball on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Alex D. Krassas Event Center. Dr. Steven & Peg Hirsch served as honorary medical chairs, Normal & Jane Eckinger, Jr. served as community chairs and Linda Ganser & Lisa Werstler served as Mercy Service League co-chairs. The event raised approximately $300,000, with proceeds benefitting the Mercy Facility Transformation Clinical Decision Unit, which will allow Mercy to add more private rooms for its patients.

Over 350 guests attended this year’s HarvestBall, The French Connection, a French-inspired evening of authentic gourmet cuisine, chic decorations, traditional music of France 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 Thomas J. Strauss, interim CEO of Mercy Medical Center. “We’re so appreciative that our Service League members have designated the proceeds this year to help Mercy add more private rooms for our patients, which will lead to even greater patient satisfection, reduced infections, improved patient throughput and increase patient privacy.”

Altercare served as the presenting sponsor for the 2019 Harvest Ball, and Mercy Medical Staff served as supporting sponsor. Other sponsors included Gatehouse Media, Metz Culinary Management, Ohio Anesthesia Group – Stark Division, and the Schroer Family. Many other businesses, organizations and individuals were also sponsors, donors, advertisers and underwriters of Harvest Ball 2019.

Save the date for Harvest Ball 2020, Diamonds Are Forever, scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2020.

Mercy Service League will also hold its Souper Bowl fundraiser on January 26, 2020 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

More Private Patient Rooms
The proceeds from Harvest Ball 2019 will benefit Mercy Medical Center’s commitment to increase the capacity of more private rooms for our patients. Funds raised will be used to establish a Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) which is a best practice for addressing patients requiring short term observation, for a more efficient healthcare delivery system, shorter lengths of stay, reduced healthcare costs and increased space throughout the hospital for additional private rooms.

Photo caption:
Picture Left to right during the 2019 Harvest Ball are: Norman and Jane Eckinger Jr., community chairs; Lisa Werstler, Mercy Service League co-chair; Bob and Linda Ganser, Mercy Service League co-chair; Dr. Steven and Peg Hirsh, medical chairs; Thomas J. Strauss, interim CEO, Mercy Medical Center.

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