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Game Show Gala Raises Funds for Families in Need

June 16, 2014

Mercy Foundation invites you to join them as they put a ton of ‘FUN’ into fundraising at their game show gala. The House of Mercy Game Show Gala will be Thursday, June 19, at 6 p.m. at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center.

The Gala, featuring a rendition of the Family Feud, is a fun evening where local leaders participate as game show contestants to raise charitable support for House of Mercy’s (HOM) various health and human service programs.

2014 co-chairs are Dr. Dale and Marie Andres, Dr. Michael and Lisa Fraizer, and Roger and Barbara Grefe. The show will be hosted by Steve Berry as Richard Dawson.

The HOM provides services to women dealing with significant life issues such as addiction, parenting, housing, mental health, and self-sufficiency concerns.  HOM’s residential programs help keep families together by providing mothers and their children a safe, secure home while they work on various challenges that have interfered with their ability to gain independence. In addition to the HOM’s transitional and permanent housing programs, outpatient mental health and addiction services are currently available at three locations including Des Moines, Newton, and Indianola.

House of Mercy programming also includes substance abuse outreach services to Des Moines’ homeless; assessment and counseling services to the students, faculty, and staff of the Des Moines area diocesan schools; child care to children residing in the various housing programs; dental services to adult residential program participants; and substance abuse brief intervention and treatment services to soldiers in the Iowa National Guard.    

“The Game Show Gala allows the community to positively impact the lives of people who have struggled to access essential services for themselves and their children,” said Todd Beveridge, director of House of Mercy. “The funds raised during this event go directly towards providing support for the programs and services offered to clients and their children, allowing everyone in need to receive assistance, regardless of their ability to pay.”

“Every year, House of Mercy serves thousands of individuals and families. Their women and children’s residential programs keep mothers and children together during a critical time. Being housed in the same facility allows young mothers to reinforce one of the main reasons to improve their life,” said Shannon Duval, Mercy Foundation president.

Some confirmed participants playing the Family Feud include Chuck Long, Suku Radia, Mary Cownie, Bobby Hansen, Scott Siepker, Wicker Van Orsdel and Dr. Richard Deming.

The cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., and the program begins at 7 p.m. The cost is $150 per person ($75 for ages 40 and under) and $1,500 for a table of 10. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and begin at $2,500.

To make your reservation or for more information, contact Mercy Foundation at (515) 247-3428 or email foundationevents@mercydesmoines.org. Register online at foundation.mercydesmoines.org/gameshowgala.

About Mercy Foundation

Mercy Foundation works with generous community members, patients, corporations, and organizations to support Mercy initiatives vital to those in need. Mercy Foundation is the preferred channel of giving to House of Mercy, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines and Mercy Medical Center – West Lakes Hospital, Mercy Health Network, and Bishop Drumm Retirement Center.