Mercy of Northwest Arkansas is pleased to be recognized by the Arkansas Hospital Association as winner of the 2011 Diamond Award in the foundation category for the 2010 “O’ Night Divine” Charity Ball.
The 17th annual charity ball was held last December at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers. It featured a VIP reception, four course meal, live auction, a live performance by Sony recording artist Chris Young and a post party called “After Glow”. The 2010 event had an attendance of 1,100 people and raised more than $705,000. A strong growth thanks to the support from the community, compared to the event’s first year when it was held in the gymnasium of St. Vincent DePaul Church and raised $15,000!
“We have to thank the Foundation Board of Trustees, our volunteers and our wonderful supporters for this award,” said Clark Ellison, VP and Chief Development Officer for Mercy Health Foundation. “It’s been fun to watch this event grow over the years and the friendships and relationships that have been built because of our Charity Ball.”
Money raised from the charity ball goes to further the goals of the Mercy Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of Mercy of Northwest Arkansas. For more than 25 years, the foundation has worked to gather charitable donations to support the health system. Money raised goes to provide education, purchase equipment, provide charity care and enhance health care services for patients in the region.
For example, $62,000 raised from the “Dickey Ray Club”, a 10-minute fundraiser during the charity ball, went to purchase a 4-D cardiac ultrasound machine. This piece of equipment is the new gold standard in volume imaging in echocardiography. It gives cardiologists a powerful, non-invasive tool to assess heart health and pinpoint heart disease. With a 4-D ultrasound, the heart is instantaneously imaged as a whole. This reduces study times while providing the patient with decreased exam times. It is now in use at Mercy Heart and Vascular Center.
The 18th annual “O’ Night Divine” Charity Ball is set for Saturday, December 10th at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center. Keep an eye out for the announcement of the featured entertainer soon!