Mercy Ball To Benefit Local Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Friends of Mercy Medical Center will donate a portion of the proceeds from the 76th Annual Mercy Ball to benefit local Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

The December 1st event at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City begins the hospital's 2013 Centennial Celebration.

pr20121004-01"As we support the hospital as it begins its second century, we feel it is equally important to support the community's recovery from the catastrophic impact of the story and its aftermather,: said Friends of Mercy president Christopher Kearns of Rockville Centre. "And all are welcome to join us in that effort by attending or supporting the event."

For tickets, sponsorship opportunities and complete event information, please visit on line at, or call the Development Department at 516-705-2620.

The chairman for the event this year is three-decade Rockville Centre resident Tom Alexanderson, who is well-known for his leadership in community activities.


Three major awards will be presented:

  • pr20121004-03John F. Coghlan of Rockville Centre, retired from a distinguished career in investment banking and a founder of the Dorothy Rodbell Cohen Foundation for Sarcoma Research, will receive 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.
  • Marc DiSciullo, MD of Muttontown, the outgoing president of the Mercy Medical Staff, will receive the Theodore Roosevelt Award for Outstanding Service. 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.
  • Nancy Carr of Merrick, long-time executive assistant to Mercy's Chief Administrative Officers and Board of Trustees liaison, will receive the Sister Mary Nadine Casey, CIJ Award that honors a member of the Mercy family who best personifies the values of Mercy Medical Center and the Congregation of the Infant Jesus whose members founded the hospital in 1913..

pr20121004-02One of the annual traditions at the Ball is the Mercy Honor Guard, comprised of high school students who escort the Grand March of dignitaries into the ballroom preceded by a Color Guard from the United State Marine Corps, and are then presented to the Bishop. Following the program, guests enjoy a sumptuous meal and dancing into the night.

The Friends of Mercy was founded in 1935 as an organization of men dedicated to volunteering their time and efforts to raise funds for the construction of a new hospital and advancement of medical and surgical care for the patients of Mercy Medical Center. In addition to the Mercy Ball, the group sponsors two other major fund-raising events each year: 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 hospital facilities.

For tickets, sponsorship opportunities and complete event information, please visit on line at, or call the Development Department at 516-705-2620.

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