LIMA – “The door of mercy can be beautifully red,” wrote Sister Mary Wickham in the poem “Door of Mercy,” and on it: “You need to knock only once, and you need to knock only lightly.”

Inspired by these poems, a charity event organized by the Charity Health Foundation-Greater Lima, entitled “Red Door Celebration”, will be held on June 9 at the Veterans Memorial and Conference Center in Lima. Clothing will be formal (black tie, tuxedo or business suit for men and formal wear for women), and tickets cost $ 250 each. Those planning to attend must respond by Friday.

The highlight of the evening will be a surprise artist. Previous artists included Leanne Rhymes and Mark Farner’s American Band.

It will be the Red Door Foundation’s third gala venture. The first Red Door Gala event took place in 2018 and the second in 2019, but was then postponed to 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19. Now it is recovering in 2022.

“We are thrilled to finally be able to hold this event again,” said Sarah Ambrose, president of the Mercy Health Foundation in Greater Lima. The goal of this year’s event is to “raise funds to support our neurology and rehabilitation team in becoming the Integrated Center for Neurology,” she said.

Ambrose, who has been associated with St. Rita Medical Center since 2015, has held senior positions, leading to her joining the Foundation in 2019. She then moved to the leadership position of interim president from May 2020, and then held the presidency from January 2021.

Several neurology surgeries are currently available at St. Rita Hospital, including intracranial aneurysm embolization, mechanical thrombectomy, and advanced brain aneurysm procedures. The funds raised will be used to provide rescue neuroendovascular procedures, improve technology, as well as expand the inpatient rehabilitation department and functional therapy space.

The foundation aims to sell 400 tickets and raise $ 100,000 through this charity event.

The change of venue at the Lima Veterans Memorial Community Center will provide more space for the event than in previous years, allowing them to open visits to the public for the first time, Ambrose explained. Previously, invitations were only supporters and members of the foundation, as well as individuals associated with Mercy Health.

Participants must respond by Friday

Contact Shannon Bole at 567-242-0399 or Twitter @Bohle_LimaNews.

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