Third Annual Race to Benefit Mercy Chapel Project

May 28, 2015

UPDATE: Due to the rainy forecast, officials at Lebanon I-44 Speedway have made the call to reschedule the Mercy Masters of the Pros 144 to Saturday, July 4.

"This is the biggest racing event on our schedule and such a huge event for Mercy, nobody wants to spend it watching rain," said Lebanon I-44 Speedway General Manager Kevin Greven. "We have racers coming in from 13 states plus Canada and if I can save the travel expense right now for those teams and not put everybody through 3 days of watching it rain then that is the right thing to do. We are fortunate that the series still had the July 4th date open."

All advance tickets dated for May 30th will be honored for the July 4th event.

The finish line is in sight. Now NASCAR drivers from across the country are helping Mercy Hospital Lebanon’s chapel fundraising project reach its final lap.

The Mercy Masters of the Pros 144 will return to Lebanon I-44 Speedway on Saturday, May 30, for its third year. As part of Mercy co-worker appreciation night, attendees will be encouraged to round up their ticket purchases and take part in a 50/50 raffle – all to help fund construction of a new chapel at Mercy Hospital Lebanon.

“We’ve already reached the pivot point on our fundraising goal,” said Karen Simpson-Neasby, vice president of Mercy Health Foundation. Last May, Mercy Lebanon Auxiliary pledged $100,000 toward construction of the nearly $680,000 project. “We really want to keep that fundraising ball rolling, with the help of the community at the Mercy 144.”
So far, more than $375,000 has either been pledged or donated – including a monetary gift from the family of the late Ken Miller, a former hospital board member and supporter of the Mercy Health Foundation. Miller played a vital role in shaping Mercy Hospital Lebanon’s heritage.
“He grew up here and was well-respected by doctors and hospital staff,” said Ken’s wife Karen Miller, who volunteers at the hospital. “He was very supportive of the hospital and would be so proud of the new chapel, to see how much of a benefit it will bring to the entire community.”
The new, stand-alone chapel at Mercy Hospital Lebanon will be open and inviting, with ample room to accommodate large groups – as well as memorial services, bereavements or special services. Elements include a metal roof to match the hospital, vision glass, cast stone, stained glass and natural and stone walls. 
“This chapel will be a blessing to all,” Chaplain Linda Rodden said. “It will be a sacred place for our patients and families to have some quiet time for prayers. We’re grateful for all the donations to help make this dream of a hospital chapel a reality.”
“I love being associated with an organization that knows how to take care of its community,” said Kevin Greven, I-44 Speedway general manager and organizer. “With Mercy’s help, we’re going to have a great night of racing and entertainment. We encourage everyone to bring along the whole family.”
The Mercy Masters of the Pros 144 is part of the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, presented by Chevrolet Performance. This year, racers include Bubba Pollard, Matt Wallace, Cody Coughlin, Eddie Hoffman, 2013 Lebanon I-44 Speedway NASCAR champion Cole Williams and Lebanon native Brennon Willard. The May 30 event will kick off with practice at 12:30 p.m. and qualifying laps at 3:30 p.m., with a special autograph session at 4:15 p.m. The race begins at 5:30 p.m.
“It’s one of the biggest grassroots racing events in the United States, and features many up-and-coming drivers,” Greven added. Last year's race drew 39 entries. The Lebanon I-44 Speedway is located at 24068 Route 66 in Lebanon, Missouri. For more information, click here.
To make a chapel donation, call 417-533-6192. Mercy Health Foundation, a non-profit organization, supports projects that provide health care scholarships, advanced technology and capital needs. To learn more, click here.