Mercy Health Foundation Lebanon hosted its annual Harvest Bash on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Cowan Civic Center. The 250 guests in attendance enjoyed a unique dining experience, live auction and exciting entertainment, all while supporting Mercy Kids, Mercy Lebanon Eye Specialist or designating their gift to the area of greatest need.
The fun began at 5 p.m. with a social hour that featured live art by Lexi Haley. After dinner, a piano duel had guests singing and dancing as they got the chance to choose music the performers played. The guests then enjoyed a dessert bar and after-party with DJ Kirby.
“We wanted to design an evening that offered a true whirlwind of fun, full of experiences that are new to our area,” said Karen Simpson-Neasby, executive director of Mercy Health Foundation Lebanon. “Just as you shouldn’t have to travel for great health care, you shouldn’t have to travel to experience live art, an amazing dinner or the latest entertainment crazes.”
The program featured stories of local families who have received care they needed right here in Lebanon. One of these stories came from Jessica Joiner, mother of seven. While Jessica has had numerous positive experiences with Mercy, she is particularly grateful for the wonderful care her son, Jett, receives. About a year ago he developed seizures that increased in severity. Jett requires close monitoring and with Mercy Virtual, Jessica has quick access to quality care for her son in her own home. Using an iPad provided by Mercy, Jessica has set up weekly virtual visits for Jett and can simply call in anytime he is experiencing complications. She even sends the iPad to school with Jett, so the virtual team can be with him even when she is not.
“Mercy Virtual has given me the confidence to know that somebody else is there that knows Jett like I do.” Jessica said. “Dr. Jack Hopkins will forever hold a place in my heart. They are more than doctors in this community, they are our friends, and the amazing gifts these donors provide help open doors for children in our community that are closed right now.”
Funds raised at Harvest Bash totaled over $80,000. Mercy Health Foundation’s goal is to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families, and the continual support of the Lebanon community helps make this goal a reality.
Mark your calendar for October 24, 2020, the return of Harvest Bash!