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On November 17, Mercer Health’s Charity Ball returned for the fourth time since its reintroduction. More than 350 guests enjoyed an elegant Cirque de la Vie themed evening at the Galleria in Celina, complete with a social hour, a three-course meal and live entertainment.

This year’s theme allowed for exciting and unique entertainment provided by Jellison Entertainment. Live dancers were featured during the event’s social hour and dinner, followed by a performance by silk aerialist Renee Christine. Live music by Indianapolis cover band My Yellow Rickshaw rounded out the evening’s entertainment.

Deb Hemmelgarn, MED Foundation director and event chairperson

“The entertainment this year was truly outstanding! Our guests were mesmerized by the performers. It is awesome to see the committee’s vision come to life and to see the faces of our guests as surprises were unveiled throughout the evening.”

In conjunction with the Charity Ball, a Racing Yellow 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe was given away in a 1,000 ticket reverse raffle. Emilie Pottkotter of Ft. Recovery held winning ticket number 927.

Tickets for the Charity Ball and the Corvette raffle were sold out in record time this year. Additionally, a record number of sponsors supported this year’s event, including:

Diamond Sponsors Community Sports and Therapy Center

Galleria & Remer Holdings

Sapphire Sponsors Briarwood Village & Celina Maor

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

St. Henry Dental

Emerald Sponsors Drs. T Amaran & Shanthi Satya

Drs. Mark Brown & Ed Hosbach

Bruns Enterprises

Celina Tent

Drs. V.K. Rao Chalasani, Padmaja Chalasani, Ramchandra  Nallu & Rejendra Kakarla

Coldwater Dental

Drs. Craig Dues, John Terpstra, Michelle Winner & Jonathan Winner
Elevate Fitness & Wellness
Four U Packaging
Lester & Dolores Hartings Family
Haught Yoga
Hot Brass Personal Defense

Howell, Gast-Schlater & Co. LPA
Dr. Rajendra Kakarla

Roger & Lisa Klenke
Lamm’s Insurance Agency
Mercer Health Family & Friends
Mercer Health Leaders & Family

The Messenger Press

Midwest Rebuilds
Moeller Trucking
Moeller Brew Barn

The Mr. Shoppe
The Peoples Bank Co.

Preferred Insurance Center

  The Puthoff Family
  RB Advertising
  Dr. James Reichert
  Dr. Terry Roode
  Schwieterman Custom Body Shop
  Second National Bank
  Mark & Kathy Speelman
  The St. Henry Bank
  Stammen Insurance
  Xtreme Trailer Sales
Ruby Sponsors Coldwater Custom Trim and Millwork


Hemmelgarn Benefits

NKT Productions


Shinn Brothers, Inc

State of the Heart Care

Craft Brew Sponsor Moeller Brew Barn
Cocktail Social Sponsor Wabash Mutual Telephone
Signature Cocktail Sponsor

Dessert Sponsor

Bella’s Italian Grille

St. Henry Tile Co., Inc.

Hors d’Oeuvres Sponsor Sycamore Group
Entertainment Sponsor Cooper Farms
Coffee Sponsor Hazelnut Coffee Company
Décor Sponsor Floral Reflections
Photography Sponsor Celina Eagles 1291
Signature Gift Sponsor Niswonger Performing Arts Center
Raffle Supervision Compliments of Moorman, Harting & Company

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 Hemmelgarn, continues to support the local healthcare needs of the community.

“The Charity Ball continues to be a unique and elegant fun-filled event for our guests. I am so thankful for the dedicated committee who willingly share their many talents with the MED Foundation and Mercer Health by helping to put on this great event. It takes a year of meetings, planning and dreaming to pull off a successful event like this.”

The 2018 Charity Ball committee included Vennila Amaran, Danielle Dues, Linda Finke, JoAnn Hartings, Jaime Hawk, Connie Hein, Stacy Klosterman, Mindy Kremer, Lindsey Moeller, Morgan Post, Liz Schmackers, Kathy Speelman, Nycky Stammen, Tafi Stober, Dee Uhlenhake, Mandy Wendel, Becca Wenning and  Mary Lou Wenning.

All proceeds from this year’s Charity Ball will support the Building on a Promise Campaign to support the West Wing Expansion at Mercer County Community Hospital.

The 2019 Mercer Health Charity Ball will be held on Saturday, November 16.