May 22, 2014

Mercy Service League Awards $235,000 to Mercy Medical Center programs

The Mercy Service League recently held its annual year-end banquet where officers presented a $235,000 check to Mercy Medical Center to benefit Mercy Dental Services & General Practice Dental Residency Endowment Fund. The result of 2013–2014 fundraising efforts, Mercy Service League raised the $235,000 by planning and sponsoring events such as Harvest Ball, Celebrity Bartending at 91 Wood Fired Oven, Downtown at Dusk, Spring and Fall Treasures, and the Souper Bowl.

Renewing its service for the 2014-2015 membership year, the Mercy Service League board officers confirmed their commitment to lead the organization over the next 12 months. Officers include:  Joni Locke (Massillon), president, Anna Mavrakis (Canton), vice president, Cindy Ertle (Massillon), treasurer, Erin Shea (Uniontown) assistant treasurer, Wendy Lichtenwalter (Canton), recording secretary, Daphne Thomson (Canton), corresponding secretary, Crystal Torrence (Shreve), membership chair and Linda Ganser (Canton), nominating chair.

Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Development Foundation administrators thanked Joni Locke, president of Mercy Service League, for her leadership during the 2013–2014 membership year.

“We are so appreciative of what Joni and her fellow officers have accomplished,” says Laura Jo Hawk, director of Mercy Development Foundation. “They play a significant role in helping the medical center carry out its mission in Stark County and beyond.”

Comprised of a dedicated and diverse group of women, Mercy Service League supports the mission of Mercy Medical Center through service, outreach, education and fundraising efforts. Many of the 2014-2015 events will benefit Mercy’s General Practice Dental Residency Endowment Fund, including:

$10,000 CASH Raffle. Only 250 tickets are sold for $250 each for chance to win $10,000. To purchase a ticket, call 330-430-2750.

Celebrity Bartenders at 91. Stop in 91 Wood Fired Oven in Jackson Township on Monday, Aug. 11, between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. for great food, “celebrity” bartenders, a lively crowd and a deserving cause.

2014 Harvest Ball, It’s A Mod Mod World. On Saturday, Oct. 11, Canton Memorial Civic Center is the place to be for Mercy Service League’s signature event of the season. Enjoy dinner and dancing. No auction, no raffle and no wallets required!  For ticket information, call 330-430-2750.

Mercy Service League is actively seeking Harvest Ball event sponsors from interested companies, corporations and organizations. For more information, email

About Mercy Service League

The mission of the Mercy Service League is to support the ideals and philosophies of Mercy Medical Center and the ministry of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine through friendship, fellowship and fund-raising. Service League members provide service, outreach and education within the Medical Center and the community.  For more information on joining Mercy Service League, please call 330-430-2750 or e-mail

Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

About Us

From its Cleveland headquarters, the Sisters of Charity Health System provides oversight, leadership and strategic direction to more than 20 organizations responding to community needs in Canton and Cleveland, Ohio, and South Carolina.

Follow us on Twitter