Mercy Service League’s Wine, Women & Shoes Raises $315,000 - Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Service League’s Wine, Women & Shoes Raises $315,000

Posted on: June 15, 2018

The Mercy Service League recently held its second annual Wine, Women & Shoes event at the Alex D. Krassas Event Center in Canton, raising $315,000 to benefit Women’s Cancer Services at Mercy Medical Center. More than 350 guests attended, enjoying shopping, lunch, live and silent auctions, a fashion show, and more.

Thirty area men, including many whose lives have been affected in some way by cancer, volunteered to be Sole Men. In charge of greeting and attending to guests at Wine, Women & Shoes, they also raised a combined $53,000 in advance of the occasion. Sole Man Michael Lykins, DO, orthopedic surgeon at Spectrum Orthopaedics & Ohio Specialty Surgery Suites, was named the 2018 King of Sole, raising $6,265.

Wine, Women & Shoes Canton Co-chairs 2018
Wine, Women & Shoes was co-chaired by Mercy Service League members Erin Shea (left) and Audra Seymour Milbrandt. The women orchestrated the Wine, Women & Shoes event with the help of a volunteer committee.

Wine, Women & Shoes was co-chaired by Mercy Service League members Erin Shea and Audra Seymour Milbrandt. “We could not have accomplished such an unforgettable experience for all who attended without our enthusiastic, hard-working volunteer committee and very generous sponsors,” says Shea. “We are honored to fundraise on behalf of women who are Mercy Cancer Center patients and their families. They are not only faced with a cancer diagnosis, but often also the financial burdens that can accompany that diagnosis.”

Wine, Women & Shoes sponsors included presenting sponsor, Signet; supporting sponsor, The Hoover Foundation; tribute sponsors, Dr. Reich L. Watterson Jr. and Virginia Bernhardt-Watterson, RN; Chairwoman for the Cause, Dr. Dina Rooney; media sponsor, Q92 WDJQ; and many others. Individuals also purchased Brave Is Beautiful dedications and memorials in honor of women in their lives who faced cancer.

“Our physicians and staff are so grateful for the tireless efforts of Mercy Service League, the Sole Men, and event volunteers, as well as the kindness of Wine, Women & Shoes guests,” says Karen Coughlin, administrative director, Mercy Cancer Center. “We care for women every day who, in addition to fighting cancer, have many and varied needs. It’s a privilege to be able to offer these women tangible support provided by people in our very own community.”

About 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. For more information on joining Mercy Service League, please call 330-430-2750 or visit

About Mercy Development Foundation

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 then manages and invests these funds in order to disburse them in the best interests of the hospital.

As a Catholic health-care organization, the mission of Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Development Foundation are the same: to continue Christ’s healing ministry by providing quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable care to the whole person – regardless of ability to pay. For lasting support and ministry, please consider leaving your legacy by remembering Mercy in your will or estate plans. For more information, visit

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