CANTON  Mercy Service League raised more than $250,000 for the Mercy Facility Transformation Project during its 2016 Harvest Ball on Oct. 15th at the Canton Memorial Civic Center Auditorium. 

Mercy Medical Staff President Aida Safar, M.D., served as honorary medical staff chair, and Julie Gill and Kathleen Prasnal served as Mercy Service League co-chairs.

The Mercy Facility Transformation Project is an initiative to provide more private rooms throughout the hospita. The first phase is scheduled to begin in 2017 with the renovation of the hospital's fifth floor into a state-of-the-art orthopedic/observation unit.

Themed "Black & White," this year’s Harvest Ball was an evening reminiscent of the roaring 1920s, filled with fine dining, dancing, fun and fellowship. The Harvest Ball, Mercy Service League’s signature fundraising event, attracted approximately 400 guests.

"The Harvest Ball celebrates the continuing mission of Mercy Medical Center by supporting the Mercy Facility Transformation Project," said Thomas E. Cecconi, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center, in a news release. "We are grateful to everyone for their support of this event as Mercy creates an improved experience for our patients and their families."

Altercare of Ohio served as the presenting sponsor for the 2016 Harvest Ball. Other major sponsors included Mercy Medical Center Medical Staff; The Repository and About Magazine; BakerHostetler; Ohio Anesthesia Group, Inc. – Stark Division; Paul & Carol David Foundation and Metz Culinary Management.

The 2017 Harvest Ball is scheduled for Oct. 21 with the theme, "Feast & Fantasy."

Mercy Service League will also hold its Souper Bowl fundraiser on Jan. 29, 2017 at Meyer’s Lake Ballroom, 3218 Parkway St. NW, Canton.  It will feature samplings of the best Stark County soups prepared by many of your favorite restaurants. Admission is $25 per person and doors open at 4 p.m. The Souper Bowl is open to the public. For more information on this event, or Mercy Service League membership, call Mercy Development Foundation at 330-430-2750 or e-mail