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The 82nd Annual Mercy Ball Raises Over $75K For Mercy Medical Center

December 4th, 2018

Rockville Centre, NY — The 82nd annual Mercy Ball, a black-tie affair organized by the Friends of Mercy, was held in early December at Crest Hollow Country Club and raised over $75K for Mercy Medical Center. The Friends, founded in 1935, is as an organization of men dedicated to volunteering their time and efforts to raise funds for the advancement of medical and surgical care for the patients at Mercy.

The Ball, always held on the first Saturday in December, attracted 500 guests including three individuals who were honored for their unending support of Mercy. They included:

  • Muhammad M. Ramzan, MD; Theodore Roosevelt Award for Outstanding Service
  • Charles & Doreen Baldwin; Bishop John R. McGann Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Therese McCormack; Sister Mary Nadine Casey, CIJ Award

 A special ceremony with 96 high school seniors, and their guests, were selected as the Honor Guard and were presented to Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski of St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. This tradition originated in 1942, when young men took place for their older brothers serving in the armed forces in World War II and who had been members of the traditional military Honor Guard. Today, high school seniors continue to serve in this esteemed role.

The night also included a Donna Summers inspired performance, a one carat diamond necklace raffle, and dinner and dancing.

The 83rd annual Mercy Ball will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019. For more information about Friends of Mercy call 516-705-2618.

For more information about Mercy Medical Center, visit or call 516-62-MERCY/516-626-3729. 

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About Mercy Medical Center
Celebrating more than 100 years, Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, as well as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Mercy is also the recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons and consecutive Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. And, in recognition of the value it places on superior nursing care, Mercy has the Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Mercy provides comprehensive medical and surgical care and is a leader in minimally-invasive surgery, joint-replacement, orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, spine and neurosurgery, in-patient acute rehabilitation, diagnostic and interventional radiology, maternity and newborn services and women’s health. Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® is a registered trademark of the American Society For Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Used by permission of ASMBS. All rights reserved. 

About Friends of Mercy
The Friends of Mercy was founded in 1935 as an organization of men originally dedicated to volunteering their time and efforts to raise funds for the construction of a new hospital building and advancement of medical and surgical care for the patients of Mercy Medical Center. Although members of the Friends focus, first and foremost, on raising funds for the facilities, programs and services at Mercy, they also find friendship and recreational opportunities as an added dividend of membership.

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