CANTON Mercy Service League held its 2017 Harvest Ball on Oct. 21 at the Canton Memorial Civic Center Auditorium.

Mercy Medical Staff President Ronald Crock, M.D., and Stark County Sheriff George Maier served as honorary Harvest Ball chairs and Barbara Frustaci and Kathleen Prasnal served as Mercy Service League event co-chairs. The event raised more than $240,000 with proceeds benefitting Mercy’s Safe Caring initiative - AvaSure TeleSitter, a video monitoring system for at-risk patients

Themed "Feast & Fantasy," this year’s Harvest Ball was an evening reminiscent of whimsical adventures in Rio, filled with fine dining, dancing, fun and elegance. It attracted about 400 guests.

"The Harvest Ball celebrates the continuing mission of Mercy Medical Center by supporting important patient care initiatives within the hospital," said Paul Hiltz, FACHE, interim chief executive officer at Mercy Medical Center, in a news release. "We are grateful to everyone for their support of this event as Mercy continues to make patient safety a number one priority with the AvaSure Telesitter system."

Altercare of Ohio served as the presenting sponsor for the 2017 Harvest Ball. Other major sponsors included Mercy Medical Center Medical Staff, The Repository and About Magazine. Many other businesses, organizations and individuals were also sponsors, donors, advertisers and underwriters of Harvest Ball 2017.

The 2018 Harvest Ball will be Oct. 20 with an exciting new theme, "Amore Amalfi."

Mercy Service League will also hold its Souper Bowl fundraiser Jan. 28 at McKinley Aerie #2370, F.O.E. Grill, 5024 Monticello Ave. NW, Canton. Join Mercy Service League in sampling the best Stark County soups prepared by many of your favorite restaurants. Admission is $30 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 FOUNDATION@cantonmercy.org.

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 fundraising. Service League members provide service, outreach and education within the Medical Center and the community. Net proceeds from the past Harvest Balls have benefitted many areas of the hospital including Mercy’s Facility Transformation Project and the expansion and renovation of the Emergency Department at Mercy Medical Center.