Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Charity Ball Supports Mercy Care Services

Published April 8, 2004

St. Joseph’s Mercy Magic Ball, one of Atlanta’s premiere charitable social events, will be held on Saturday, April 26, at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. The public is invited. This year, Gov. Sonny Perdue and Georgia’s first lady Mary Perdue are serving as the honorary chairpersons of the ball, which supports primary health care for those in need.

“We’re proud and delighted that Governor and Mrs. Perdue are involved in the Mercy Magic Ball and its outreach mission,” said ball co-chair Jeannie Stewart. “Their support helps focus awareness on the fact that tens of thousands of Atlantans each year can’t afford the basic healthcare services they need.”

Proceeds from the event fund the critical mission of St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Services, which provides primary health care, education and social services to Atlanta’s new immigrants, the homeless, uninsured and underinsured. In 2003, Mercy Care Services operated two clinics and a mobile care van, benefiting over 30,000 patients.

In addition to the honored co-chair, the 16th annual ball will offer an array of silent auction items, a cocktail reception, dining, and entertainment by Rupert’s Orchestra. The black tie soiree is expected to draw more than 600 of Atlanta’s finest philanthropic business and community leaders.

Corporate sponsorships are critical to the success of the ball, which netted a record $254,000 last year. “We’re deeply grateful to those corporations that step up and pledge their support,” said Stewart. “It signals the fact that they’ve taken a hard look at how their contributions can serve our community most efficiently and effectively. They recognize the tremendous value of each dollar they donate to this cause.”

The ball is sponsored by Workers Involved in New Growth for Saint Joseph’s (WINGS), a volunteer organization whose members raise funds to provide health care and social services to the homeless and uninsured throughout Atlanta.

“The Mercy Magic Ball offers an opportunity to enjoy a fun evening with like-minded individuals,” said ball co-chair Donna MacConnell. “And when the event is over and the ball gowns packed away, guests are left with the knowledge that their generosity has made a real difference in our community.”

Tickets to the Mercy Magic Ball are $250 per person, and sponsorships are still available. For information call (404) 851-5711.