At Mercy, we do hospitality in a big way.
The vision of one Kansas co-worker has earned Mercy recognition in the 2011 edition of Guinness Book of World Records for the “Largest Cup of Tea.” The book is due to release September 14, 2010. Pictured here is Sr. Cardinale Concetta standing alongside the giant cup of tea.
In conjunction with last year’s Mercy Day Celebration, J.D. Webster, Director of Nutritional Services at Mercy Health Systems of Kansas, set out on a monumental task.
In an effort to combine the Sisters of Mercy heritage with the annual Mercy Day Celebration, Webster took it upon himself to build the World’s Largest Cup of Tea.
“With the teacup being a symbol of hospitality in the Sisters of Mercy heritage harkening back to a story of Mercy foundress Catherine McAuley, it seemed natural,” said Webster.
“I felt compelled to help our community understand the emphasis that Mercy places on hospitality,” Webster continued. “The visual image of a super-sized teacup was just the beginning of creating awareness of Sister Catherine McAuley and her dedication to the communities she served.”
“Today, our Mercy co-workers continue to strive daily to carry her example of ministry to the communities we are a part of,” shared Webster.
Working in a barn at his home with his father Edwin V. Webster at his side, Webster created a massive teacup measuring 9.5 feet at the rim and 5.5 feet tall with a three-foot handle.
During the September Mercy Day Celebration and Community Picnic, the Mercy Nutritional Team filled the tea cup with 660 gallons (3,000 liters) of tea.
“Prior to our new record, the largest cup of tea recorded was 4 feet by 4 feet and held 400 liters or 105.6 gallons,” explained Webster.
“We want to thank J.D. for his vision and enthusiasm for the project,” said Tina Rockhold, Regional Marketing and Communication Specialist for Mercy Health Center of Fort Scott. “He not only dedicated months to constructing the teacup but inspired others to learn more of the Mercy heritage.”
“This feat would not have been possible without the support of generous sponsors who believed in the project,” Rockhold added.
All costs associated with the supplies and materials to construct the teacup were funded by donations, and event sponsors also provided in-kind contributions. Sponsors included the Mercy Health Center Auxiliary; Mid-Continental Restoration, Fort Scott; Convenient Water Supply, Pittsburg; Home Depot, Pittsburg; Woods Lumber, Independence; and Hugo’s Janitorial Supply, Independence.