More people than ever before attended Mercy Hospital Berryville’s 13th annual Black and White Charity Ball earlier this month. The fun-filled gala raised nearly $58,000 – the second-highest total in its history.
“I sincerely cannot say ‘thank you’ enough to everyone who attended and supported this event,” said Cody Qualls, executive director of Mercy Health Foundation Berryville. “A record 221 people showed up and brought our fundraising total to $57,587.”
As promised, those funds will pay for a new colonoscope – used for colonoscopies – to replace equipment that is becoming outdated at the hospital. Because turnout was so high at the Feb. 20 event, Mercy will be doubling that order, and plans to obtain a second colonoscope. Also, a small portion of the charity ball funds will help Mercy buy new equipment for its cardiac rehab department.
“And on top of that, we’re now eyeing a gastrovideoscope,” Qualls added. The device is used for endoscopies and helps pinpoint abnormalities in a patient’s digestive tract. “It will be a new, clearer set of eyes that will provide clearer imaging, benefitting patients in a major way.”
“It’s another example of how we’re absolutely committed to our local community,” said Doug Stroemel, Mercy Hospital Berryville administrator. “It can be challenging year after year to fund certain projects when there are limited dollars in the budget. We depend on our incredible donors to help us get these vital services to those who need them."
In 2015, the annual gala garnered a record $64,000, which purchased six new patient stretchers used in the emergency room at Mercy Hospital Berryville. The previous year, a then-record $56,000 paid for state-of-the-art patient monitors – for use by the surgery department – which gauge patients’ vital signs and oxygen level while recovering from surgery.
The Feb. 20 charity ball at Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs included dinner, as well as live entertainment by returning band Red Ambition; there were also live and silent auctions. Twenty-seven dependable sponsors pledged support: Northwest Arkansas Pathology; Anstaff Bank; Arvest Bank; Fresh Harvest; Thurman and Flanagin, Attorneys at Law; Tyson Foods; Cornerstone Bank; Mercy Auxiliary; Mercy Clinic; Community First Bank; Kirk’s Excavation; Wells Fargo Advisors; Economy Drug; New Leaf Publishing; Poynor Drug; Kerusso; Scheel Law Office; Carroll Electric; Carroll County News; Nelson Funeral Service; Montgomery-Whiteley Realty; Clay Maxey Ford, Berryville Self Service and Storage and Kings River Title.
Mercy Springfield Communities is comprised of Mercy Hospital Springfield, named in the 100 Top Hospitals®; an orthopedic hospital; a rehab hospital; a children’s hospital; five regional hospitals in Lebanon, Aurora, Cassville, Mountain View, Missouri and Berryville, Arkansas; and Mercy Clinic, a physician clinic with nearly 700 doctors and locations throughout the region. It is part of Mercy, the seventh largest Catholic health care system in the U.S., which serves millions annually. Mercy includes 45 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.