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5th Annual Cocktail Gala and Auction


Over 350 people gathered on April 22nd at Tavern On The Green for a spectacular evening.  Mercy Center honored Karla G. Sanchez, trial attorney and first and sole Hispanic partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.  We also presented the Circle of Mercy Award to The Volunteer ESL Teachers, who make that program possible.  Amid some concerns prior to the event because of our economic times, people pulled together with a level of generosity we could only vaguely hope for.  Over $150,000 was raised, thanks to everyone who donated prizes, bought tickets, purchased journal ads, donated funds, and gave of their time and expertise for free.  Special thanks go to our Board of Advisors, who work tirelessly for months every year to plan this event.
If you were unable to attend, here's a quick look at the evening.  We hope to see you next year!

Guests look over silent bid items.  Over 200 items were available for auction.


Maureen Bennett O'Connor, artist and ESL volunteer, graciously "womaned" the table where guests could purchase artwork created by Mercy Center women.

Sr. Regina Burrichter, full-time Mercy Center volunteer, explains about the night's door prize.  Betsy Brown was the lucky winner!

A delicious spread of food kept everyone's energy and spirits high throughout the evening.

In between moments of frenetic bidding, guests sat to chat and enjoy the hors d'oeuvres.

Guests take an up close and personal look at competing entries before deciding on another bid.

Joe Dirr, Co-Director of Mercy Center, and Latifa Beato, Vice President of the Board of Directors, introduce the night's honoree.

Karla Sanchez, Mercy Center's honoree, addresses the crowd before accepting her award.

The Circle of Mercy Award is presented to our indispensable ESL volunteers.

Liz Cassino, member of the Board of Advisors and ESL volunteer, accepts the Circle of Mercy award on behalf of her fellow volunteers.

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