Mercy gala slated Feb. 9

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Mercy Health Foundation expects to raise more than $60,000 for the purchase of life-saving equipment during the 16th annual Black and White Charity Ball on Feb. 9 at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center in Eureka Springs.

All proceeds from the gala will support the purchase of equipment benefiting Mercy Hospital Berryville’s emergency room and cardiac care.

“We’re excited about this year’s event,” said Cody Qualls, executive director the Mercy Health Foundation in Berryville. “The community’s participation in our gala is always tremendous, allowing us to pay for upgrades year after year. This continued support has had a lasting effect on patient care, and we could not be more grateful.”

The gala begins with a wine social hour from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., then a seated dinner at 7 p.m. Live entertainment and a live auction will follow. Recommended dress is cocktail attire.

Recording artist Thomas Stringfellow, who was a finalist on American Idol’s 15th season in 2016, will be the night’s featured entertainment. Stringfellow is a singer/songwriter originally from Little Rock. He began singing in fifth grade and was a junior in high school in Bentonville when he auditioned for American Idol. More information about Stringfellow is available at

For tickets or sponsorship information, contact Qualls at 870-423-5245 or

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