The 4th Annual ‘Champions For Mercy’ Gala was a great success. More than 170 people attended the event at the Thrasher-Horne Center on October 19. Many notable individuals attended, including John and Jean Thrasher and Jim and Lori Horne, who the Center is named for. Joy Purdy, of News4Jax, was the evening’s Emcee and kept the audience captivated with her charming and very engaging style. Sheriff Darryl Daniels, Honorary Chairman for Mercy’s Annual Fund Campaign, gave an inspiring interpretation of what is means to be a ‘Champion for Mercy.’
During the evening’s program, several stories were shared of families and individuals who have been helped back to self-sufficiency by Mercy. One story of a mother and her two teenage children, currently in Mercy’s Self Sufficiency program, was read by Vice Chair of the Board Dr. Bob Cowie. The mother’s story was very touching and heart felt, and can be read on page two of this newsletter. The family was in attendance at the event and received a round of applause from the guests.
John Thrasher, our Keynote Speaker, applauded MSS and other Clay County non-profits for the work they do in our community. Thrasher is president of Florida State University, and talked about the programs FSU offers for local students who are in financial need.
Last year, Mercy Support Service’s Gala raised $43,000 for programs to help Clay County residents. This year’s goal was set at $50,000, and we are excited to announce that we raised over $56,000!
R. Patrick Hayle, Executive Director for MSS, said “This is by far our most successful Gala, both in attendance and funds raised. We are blessed with an amazing special events committee lead by JoLynn Carter. Without them we could not have done it. Thanks to all our supporters, table sponsors, donors and all in attendance. It is only with your help that we are able to continue this great work. Thank you!”