Dec 14 2018

On November 17, Mercer Health’s Charity Ball returned for the fourth time since its reintroduction. More than 350 guests enjoyed an elegant Cirque de la Vie themed evening at the Galleria in Celina, complete with a social hour, a three-course meal and live entertainment.  

This year’s theme allowed for exciting and unique entertainment provided by Jellison Entertainment. Live dancers were featured during the event’s social hour and dinner, followed by a performance by silk aerialist Renee Christine. Live music by Indianapolis cover band My Yellow Rickshaw rounded out the evening’s entertainment.

“The entertainment this year was truly outstanding! Our guests were mesmerized by the performers,” Deb Hemmelgarn, MED Foundation director and event chairperson, said. “It is awesome to see the committee’s vision come to life and to see the faces of our guests as surprises were unveiled throughout the evening.”

In conjunction with the Charity Ball, a Racing Yellow 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe was given away in a 1,000 ticket reverse raffle. Emilie Pottkotter of Ft. Recovery held winning ticket number 927.

Tickets for the Charity Ball and the Corvette raffle were sold out in record time this year. Additionally, a record number of sponsors supported this year’s event, including:

Diamond Sponsors

Community Sports and Therapy Center

Galleria & Remer Holdings

Sapphire Sponsors

Briarwood Village & Celina Manor

Homan, Inc.
Otterbein St. Mary’s Senior Lifestyle Community

St. Henry Dental

Emerald Sponsors

Drs. T Amaran & Shanthi Satya

Drs. Mark Brown & Ed Hosbach

Bruns Enterprises

Celina Tent

Drs. V.K. Rao Chalasani, Padmaja Chalasani, Ramchandra Nallu & Rajendra Kakarla

Coldwater Dental

Drs. Craig Dues, John Terpstra, Michelle Winner & Jonathan Winner
Elevate Fitness & Wellness
Four U Packaging
Lester & Dolores Hartings Family
Haught Yoga
Hot Brass Personal Defense

Howell, Gast-Schlater & Co. LPA
Dr. Rajendra Kakarla

Roger & Lisa Klenke
Lamm’s Insurance Agency
Mercer Health Family & Friends
Mercer Health Leaders & Family

The Messenger Press

Midwest Rebuilds
Moeller Trucking
Moeller Brew Barn

The Mr. Shoppe
The Peoples Bank Co.

Preferred Insurance Center


The Puthoff Family


RB Advertising


Dr. James Reichert


Dr. Terry Roode


Schwieterman Custom Body Shop


Second National Bank


Mark & Kathy Speelman


The St. Henry Bank


Stammen Insurance


Xtreme Trailer Sales

Ruby Sponsors

Coldwater Custom Trim and Millwork


Hemmelgarn Benefits

NKT Productions


Shinn Brothers, Inc

State of the Heart Care

Craft Brew Sponsor

Moeller Brew Barn

Cocktail Social Sponsor

Wabash Mutual Telephone

Signature Cocktail Sponsor

Dessert Sponsor

Bella’s Italian Grille

St. Henry Tile Co., Inc.

Hors d’Oeuvres Sponsor

Sycamore Group

Entertainment Sponsor

Cooper Farms

Coffee Sponsor

Hazelnut Coffee Company

Décor Sponsor

Floral Reflections

Photography Sponsor

Celina Eagles 1291

Signature Gift Sponsor

Niswonger Performing Arts Center

Raffle Supervision Compliments of

Moorman, Harting & Company

The Charity Ball, reintroduced in 2015 to commemorate Mercer Health’s 65th anniversary, dates back to 1950. The original Charity Ball, orchestrated by the now disbanded Auxiliary of Mercer County Community Hospital, set a gold standard for local community social events while supporting the hospital. In its reincarnation, the Charity Ball, now coordinated by a committee of volunteers from the community led by Hemmelgarn, continues to support the local healthcare needs of the community.

“The Charity Ball continues to be a unique and elegant fun-filled event for our guests. I am so thankful for the dedicated committee who willingly share their many talents with the MED Foundation and Mercer Health by helping to put on this great event,” Hemmelgarn said. “It takes a year of meetings, planning and dreaming to pull off a successful event like this.”

The 2018 Charity Ball committee included Vennila Amaran, Danielle Dues, Linda Finke, JoAnn Hartings, Jaime Hawk, Connie Hein, Stacy Klosterman, Mindy Kremer, Lindsey Moeller, Morgan Post, Liz Schmackers, Kathy Speelman, Nycky Stammen, Tafi Stober, Dee Uhlenhake, Mandy Wendel, Becca Wenning and  Mary Lou Wenning.

All proceeds from this year’s Charity Ball will support the Building on a Promise Campaign to support the West Wing Expansion at Mercer County Community Hospital.

The 2019 Mercer Health Charity Ball will be held on Saturday, November 16.