(12-14-17) – Mercer Health’s Charity Ball returned for the third time since its reintroduction in 2015 on November 18. More than 350 guests enjoyed an elegant evening at the Galleria in Celina, complete with a social hour, a three-course meal and live entertainment.

The Charity Ball, reintroduced in 2015 to commemorate Mercer Health’s 65th anniversary, dates back to 1950. The original Charity Ball, orchestrated by the now disbanded Auxiliary of Mercer County Community Hospital, set a gold standard for local community social events while supporting the hospital. In its reincarnation, the Charity Ball, now coordinated by a committee of volunteers from the community led by MED Foundation coordinator and event chairperson Deb Hemmelgarn, continues to support the local healthcare needs of the community. All proceeds from the 2017 event benefit Mercer Health’s Building on a Promise campaign, the campaign to fund the West Wing Expansion at Mercer County Community Hospital.

Event chairperson Deb Hemmelgarn

“We try to create a unique experience each year with a new theme. We love to see our guests’ faces light up when they walk in.”

This year’s event featured an Old Hollywood Glamour theme complete with red carpet, a life size marquee and a champagne tower.

“It’s so exciting to see the committee’s vision come to life after a full year of planning. Above all, we are so proud to create an event that brings the community together to celebrate our organization and help us raise money for our future.”

Dr. Wilfred Ellis from Lima, Ohio
Dr. Wilfred Ellis from Lima, Ohio

In conjunction with the Charity Ball, a torch red 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe was given away in a 1,000 ticket reverse raffle. Dr. Wilfred Ellis from Lima, Ohio, held winning ticket number 647.  Several other prizes were given in affiliation with the drawing.

A record number of sponsors supported the event this year. Sponsors included:

Diamond Sponsors Community Sports and Therapy Center

Galleria & Remer Holdings

Sapphire Sponsors Cooper Farms

Homan, Inc.
Otterbein St. Mary’s Senior Lifestyle Community

Preferred Insurance Center

Emerald Sponsors Briarwood Village

Celina Manor

Celina Tent

Coldwater Dental

Drs. Amaran, Gill, Nallu & Vanan

Drs. Chalasani, Neelati, Ranga & Roode

Dr. James Reichert
Dr. Kakarla
Dr. Mark Brown, Mercer Health Chief of Staff
Greg Homan, Mercer County Commissioner
Hot Brass Personal Defense
Lamm’s Insurance
Roger & Lisa Klenke

Midwest Rebuilds
Niswonger Performing Arts Center
Peoples Bank Co.
RB Advertising

RCS Construction

Schwieterman Custom Body Shop
Speelman Law Office
Stammen Insurance

The Mr. Shoppe
The St. Henry Bank

Weigand Construction

Ruby Sponsors Coverys

Perry pro Tech

Moeller Brew Barn

The Messenger Press


Cocktail Social Sponsor Wabash Mutual Telephone
Signature Drink Sponsor

Hors D’oeuvre Sponsor

Dessert Sponsor

Bella’s Italian Grille

St. Henry Tile Co.

Calico Café

Coffee Sponsor Hazelnut Coffee Co.
Decorating Sponsor Floral Reflections
Raffle Supervision Compliments of Moorman, Harting & Company


The 2017 Charity Ball committee included Vennila Amaran, Shelly Bruns, Linda Finke, Sheila Gullett, JoAnn Hartings, Jaime Hawk, Connie Hein, Amy Kemper, Mindy Kremer, Lindsey Moeller, Morgan Post, Liz Schmackers, Melissa Smalley, Kathy Speelman, Nycky Stammen, Tafi Stober, Dee Uhlenhake, Mandy Wendel, Becca Wenning, and  Mary Lou Wenning.


The 2018 Mercer Health Charity Ball will be held on Saturday, November 17.