Mercy Charity Ball raises $135,000 for Mercy’s tiniest patients, found in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The focus of the 21st Annual Mercy Foundation Dickey Ray Club Project, these little babies are also the most fragile and require a higher level of care.
Mercy is utilizing the donations to invest in advanced NICU equipment, including a transport isolette and customized ventilators that provide specialized respiratory support to premature babies. Moving from a Level II to a Level III NICU, Mercy added two new neonatologists, Dr. Kimberly Thornton and Dr. Wayne Stillick, onto the team this past year.
Named after Dick Trammel, a Mercy board member, the Dickey Ray Club is a tradition that started ten years ago. Charity Ball attendees are challenged to raise $75,000 in ten minutes; a challenge they easily surpassed this year with help from Walmart who kicked things off with a $50,000 donation bringing the grand total to the $135,000 total.
“We are so fortunate to have a community who believes and supports the mission of Mercy,” said Clark Ellison, regional vice president of Mercy Health Foundation. “As a nonprofit, we are beyond grateful for the giving hearts of our Charity Ball supporters. Thanks to them, we are bringing the highest level of care to these little babies and their families.”
The NICU needs are constant making donations of all sizes a true blessing. From pacifiers to diapers and baby hats, there are many ways to help Mercy care for these little ones, and each cent donated stays in our own community.
“We have a genuine partnership with our community sharing the same vision of providing care to all regardless of means,” said Ellison. “It’s a true collaboration, as neither could accomplish that vision without the other.”
For more information on donating to the work of Mercy, contact Clark Ellison with the Mercy Foundation at 479-338-2990 or give on-line http://bit.ly/MercyOnLineGiving.