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2018 Champions For Mercy Gala

5th Annual Gala Benefiting Families in Clay County

Mercy Support Services is hosting its fifth annual fundraising Gala on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Thrasher-Horne Conference Center in Orange Park, FL. The Champions For Mercy Gala marks its fifth year with a starlight theme celebrating the way that Mercy Support Services can “Light the Path to Self-Sufficiency.”

The annual Gala is a signature fundraising event that attracts a sell-out crowd of Clay County residents, business owners, and community leaders who come together for an evening of dining, entertainment, and auctions. All proceeds from the event directly benefit families and children in Clay County who are served by Mercy Support Services.  

The event begins with a reception and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and a Cork Pull Drawing, along with other entertainment. The Keynote Speaker will be John Ashmen, president of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. Van Royal is the Honorary Chair of the Gala and JoLynn Carter is chairing the volunteer Gala Committee.

Tickets for the Gala are $100 per person and seating is limited. Sponsorships and tables are also available. Please RSVP at 904.701.7651 or to learn more about sponsorships or donating items to the auctions.

Mercy Support Services is built on the premise, “A Hand Up – Not a Hand Out.”

We rely on donations from the community to fund our programs and services. Mercy  helps families in Clay County who find themselves in need, often through no fault of their own. The non-profit agency collaborates with other like-minded organizations in the area to coordinate services such as housing, food, employment training, and more.

“By providing intake and referral services through the Mercy Support Services call center, and using volunteer Care Coaches to coordinate services for those who are circumstantially in need, Mercy contributes to the improvement of our community by making these services more available and more efficient,” said Mercy CEO R. Patrick Hayle. “Last year we assisted more than 4,500 Clay County residents and our Self-Sufficiency/Housing Program has graduated over 60 families back to self-sufficiency.”

Key components of the Self-Sufficiency program include: one-on-one Care Coaching; personal budget guidance and support; resume preparation; and building and strengthening of life skills. The program typically takes three to six months to complete.

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