Special events offered by the Mercy Health Foundation provide wonderful opportunities to unite our leaders, staff, supporters, and community at large. Events generate significant philanthropic support for Mercy Health Services’ clinical and community programs and offer platforms to increase awareness of Mercy’s expanding services in and around Baltimore.
In Fiscal Year 2023, the special events hosted in support of programs and patient services for the health system generated $840,635 in donations. We are extremely grateful to our corporate sponsors, donors, volunteers, and participants for their unfailing generosity.
BreastFest, an annual “cocktails for a cause” fundraiser produced by Mercy’s longstanding partner The Tyanna Foundation, was held in September 2022. The Tyanna Foundation works to make breast cancer more comfortable for patients and less prevalent nationwide tirelessly. Known for their slogan “Save the Girls,” the Tyanna Foundation’s BreastFest event provided $50,000 in support of the care provided at Mercy’s Hoffberger Breast Center. The Tyanna Foundation’s cumulative support of the Breast Center has now surpassed $2 million.
Heat It To Beat It
Hundreds of enthusiastic walkers gathered at Eastern Regional Park in Middle River in September 2022 for the 13th Annual Heat It To Beat It benefit walk, a fundraiser to support research led by surgical oncologist Dr. Armando Sardi, Medical Director of the Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy. The increasingly popular and inspiring event raised $220,514 to support ongoing cancer research.
Circle of Mercy Reception
Over 250 donors, volunteers, and friends attended Mercy Health Services’ biennial Circle of Mercy Donor Recognition Reception at the Mt. Washington Mill Dye House in Baltimore on November 10, 2022. The event provided Mercy the opportunity to honor the many individuals, corporations, and foundations who have made significant contributions to programs and services at both Mercy and Stella Maris. Speakers included Dr. David N. Maine, Sister Helen Amos, RSM, and Marilynn Duker, Co-Chair of Brightview Senior Living and Vice Chair of the Mercy Health Services Board of Trustees.
The Circle of Mercy Donor Recognition Reception was preceded by a Corporate Partners President’s Reception for Mercy’s corporate donors, where Frank R. Palmer IV, former senior vice president with The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, addressed attendees.
Corporate Partners Breakfast
Mercy hosted its annual Corporate Partners Recognition Breakfast on May 4, 2023, on its downtown campus. The breakfast recognizes businesses and organizations for their support of Mercy’s programs and services. Attending the breakfast were 75 corporate guests representing 43 companies, foundations, and community organizations, with 107 attendees in all.
The breakfast featured a panel discussion moderated by Dr. David N. Maine, who posed questions regarding the state of healthcare to three of Mercy’s top physician specialists: neurosurgeon Jon I. McIver, M.D., of The Center for Minimally Invasive Brain & Spine Surgery; Teresa P. Diaz-Montes, M.D., MPH, FACOG, associate director of The Lya Segall Ovarian Cancer Institute and medical director of The Neil B. Rosenshein, M.D., Institute for Gynecologic Care at Annapolis; and Lew C. Schon, M.D., FAAOS, director of orthopedic innovation at the Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction.
In April 2023, Stella Maris celebrated its 70th anniversary with “A Toast to Stella Maris’ 70th—A Very Special Tasting of Wine and Craft Spirits.” Offered to over 400 guests at the Grand Lodge of Maryland, the event included a live and silent auction, and proved to be the most successful to date. Participants were able to sample and purchase wine, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, and bid on more than 100 auction items. The event raised $118,206 to benefit long-term care services at Stella Maris.
Crab Feast 2022
In October, the 38th Annual Crab Feast and Hospice Day of Giving was held at the Timonium Fairgrounds to benefit Stella Maris. Guests enjoyed all-you-can-eat crabs, fun games, music, raffles, and auctions. The option to participate in a drive-thru pick-up was available for supporters who preferred to enjoy crabs from a safe social distance. More than 25 committee members, 50
volunteers, and 700 participants made the 2022 Feast one of the most successful to date, generating $127,692 in support of hospice care.
Crab Feast 2022
In October, the 38th Annual Crab Feast and Hospice Day of Giving was held at the Timonium Fairgrounds to benefit Stella Maris. Guests enjoyed all-you-can-eat crabs, fun games, music, raffles, and auctions. The option to participate in a drive-thru pick-up was available for supporters who preferred to enjoy crabs from a safe social distance. More than 25 committee members, 50 volunteers, and 700 participants made the 2022 Feast one of the most successful to date, generating $127,692 in support of hospice care.
The Mercy Advocate Society for Events
The Advocate Society recognizes individuals whose volunteer leadership and involvement in events played a vital role in supporting the mission, values, and philanthropic vision of Mercy Health Services between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023. We are indebted to these individuals who ensure that the mission and values of the Sisters of Mercy endure.
2022 Mercy Heat It
To Beat It Committee
Mary Caitlin King
2022 Stella Maris Crab
Feast and Hospice Day
of Giving Committee
Mary Beth Kelly
2023 Stella Maris
Frank Boston, Esq.
Beth Donahoo, M.D.
The Tyanna Foundation