Chris Carpenter Named Honorary Chair of Mercy’s 10th Annual Benefit for the Kids

May 17, 2013

Chris Carpenter, honorary chair of the

10th Annual Benefit for the Kids of Mercy Children’s Hospital,

took time with patients to toss the ball and demonstrate some

pitching techniques at Busch Stadium.

ST. LOUIS - Let’s play ball! Mercy Health Foundation announces St. Louis Cardinal Chris Carpenter as the honorary chair of its 10th annual Benefit for the Kids. To date, the event has garnered more than $3.5 million to help provide quality care to children in our community.

“Chris’ passion for children and willingness to contribute will help us commemorate 10 years of supporting kids in the St. Louis region,” said Tanya Lieber, vice president of Mercy Health Foundation “We’re hoping he’ll pitch a shutout for Mercy at an event that makes a tremendous impact on the patients and families we serve."

The week of festivities includes a co-worker trivia night, golf tournament, dinner auction, and special activities for pediatric patients at the hospital. Proceeds fund programs and services at Mercy Children’s Hospital.

“I’m excited to chair Mercy’s 10th annual Benefit for Kids,” said Carpenter. “As a parent, I’m particularly honored to support the critical and quality care that Mercy Children’s Hospital provides to so many children in our community.”

Golfers tee off at 12:30 p.m. at the Benefit for the Kids tournament on Monday, July 29, at Whitmoor Country Club.

The week concludes with a dinner auction on Friday, Aug. 2, at The Ritz-Carlton, which begins with a reception and silent auction at 6 p.m.

Benefit for the Kids is sponsored by Summit Strategies Group and co-chaired by Foundation board members Whity Meyer and Greg Twardowski. For more information, visit or call Mercy Health Foundation at 314-251-1800.

With a legacy of faith-based care more than 150 years strong, Mercy Children’s includes pediatric hospitals in St. Louis and Springfield, Mo. Kids are cared for by more than 700 primary care providers, including pediatricians and family doctors, and more than 125 pediatric specialists.  Mercy Children’s supports healthy childhoods through educational outreach programs across four states.

Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 32 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,900 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.  In Mercy’s east Missouri region, Mercy’s services include a 979-bed hospital in St. Louis, 187-bed hospital in Washington, 251-bed hospital in Festus and Mercy Clinic, a 570-member multispecialty physician organization.  

Mercy Health Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, raises money and community awareness for Mercy Hospital. It is dependent on the support of individuals, corporations and foundations to help Mercy meet community health care needs. Mercy Health Foundation invests its philanthropic support in facilities and the advancement of technologies and programs to help enhance Mercy’s ability to provide excellence in health care. For more information, visit

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