The 19th annual “O’ Night Divine” Mercy Charity Ball broke its’ previous fundraising efforts with more than $800,000.00 donated to the Mercy Health Foundation. Presented by Walmart, the December 8th event also set an all time high in attendance, as more than 1,300 dressed in their finest filled the halls of the J.Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers, AR.
“It was a very humbling night for us to see that many people come together and align with a mission we have such a personal passion for,” said Scott Street, Mercy Northwest Arkansas CEO. “We have a true heart for our community and specifically those in need of assistance, and to live in an area that embraces that with us is a blessing.”
Clark Ellison, Vice President of the Mercy Health Foundation stated, “An evening like this comes from a shared vision, and we are grateful to have that partner in Walmart. They help provide this important platform in which we can share our mission with individuals and businesses across Northwest Arkansas, and for that we are beyond thankful.”
Mercy’s Charity Ball Dickie Ray Project, another important part of the evening, focused on Mobile Health Services. Lead by Dick Trammel, more than $75,000.00 was raised in a short three minutes. It was followed by a live auction with the largest item being a group trip to a St. Louis Cardinals Game in the Mercy Suite; it sold for $15,000.00.
While the night serves as the Mercy foundation’s largest fundraiser, it is also the setting to honor notable Mercy supporters during the VIP Reception. General Mills received the 2012 Outstanding Corporation award. The Paul and Martha Bergant Family received the 2012 Philanthropic Family award and Deanna Jurgens with Pepsico was recognized as the 2012 Outstanding Volunteer.
This year’s entertainer was Top Country Artist, Easton Corbin, who entertained with top country hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It.” In Mercy tradition, he sang a beautiful, acoustic rendition of “O’Night Divine.” Storme Warren host of GAC’s Headline Country show served as the night’s emcee.
The After Glow party (the party after the party) sponsored by New Creature was none like before. DJ Kirby energized the crowd as one of the most entertaining video DJs in the United States. He did not disappoint with music, video and dancing. It was a night to remember. Don’t miss next year’s 20th Annual Mercy Charity Ball, Saturday, December 7, 2013.