75th Annual “Diamond Jubilee” Mercy Ball Raises $130,000
Proceeds More Than 35 Percent Higher Than Previous Year
(January 4, 2012 - RockvilleCentre, NY) - The 75th Annual "Diamond Jubilee" Mercy Ball (www.MercyBall.com), held on Saturday, December 2, 2011 at Carlyle On The Green in Bethpage State Park, raised $130,000 for Mercy Medical Center, an increase of more than 35 percent from the previous year. Nearly 900 people attended the black-tie gala sponsored by the Friends of Mercy, the 77-year-old organization of men who volunteer their time and efforts to support projects that advance the medical and surgical care provided to Mercy's patients.
The proceeds from the event, chaired by Andrew E. Healey, of Rockville Centre, will support a recently-constructed Friends of Mercy Physicians Center for members of the Medical Staff, along with expansion and upgrades to the hospital's medical education programs and facilities.
In ceremonies that included the Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of Rockville Centre, the Theodore Roosevelt Award for Outstanding Service was presented to Cathy O'Brien, Vice President of Supply Chain for Catholic Health Services of Long Island. The award is presented by the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council to an individual contributing to the development of Long Island's community hospitals in the spirit of the renowned former president and Long Island resident's lifelong devotion to public service.
The Sister Mary Nadine Casey, CIJ, Award was presented to Patricia Amoroso, RN, of Levittown, in recognition of her three decades of service to the hospital in numerous nursing positions. The award honors a member of the Mercy family who best personifies the values of the Medical Center and the Congregation of the Infant Jesus whose members founded the hospital nearly a century ago.
Daniel Des McCarthy, KMOB, a five-decade resident of Rockville Centre and past chairman of Mercy's Board of Trustees, received The Bishop John R. McGann Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented to a distinguished individual dedicated to volunteering time and effort in support of the Friends of Mercy.
In the continuation of a tradition dating back to World War II, the Mercy Honor Guard, comprised of high school students, escorted the Grand March of dignitaries into the ballroom and its members were presented to the Bishop.
The Ball also included a special tribute to the memory of the founder and first president of the Friends of Mercy, the late Thomas J. Cuff, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, who established the group in 1935. In conjunction with that tribute, a bronze plaque bearing Justice Cuff's name and likeness is being installed the hospital's Patient Access reception area.
Justice Cuff, who passed away in 1953, founded the group as an organization of men dedicated to volunteering their time and efforts to raise funds for the construction of a new hospital building and the advancement of medical and surgical care. In addition to the Mercy Ball, the group sponsors a black-tie St. Patrick's Dinner in March, and a Golf Outing in July. In the past five years, the Friends have raised nearly $1.5 million to support Mercy's facilities and services.
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