The Mercy Ball, held on the first Saturday of December each year, is the single largest fundraising event held for the Friends of Mercy.

The first Mercy Ball was held in 1936 and this prestigious event has become the traditional kick-off for Long Island’s Christmas season.

One of the many traditions at the ball is the Mercy Honor Guard, comprised of high school seniors who escort the Grand March of dignitaries into the ballroom. The tradition of the Honor Guard originated in 1942, when high school boys substituted for their older brothers, who went off to serve in World War II, who were members of the traditional military Honor Guard. 

If interested in being an Honor Guard, a senior student must be nominated by a member of the Friends of Mercy organization
Please contact a Friend of Mercy member and he will explain the process as well as give you paperwork to be submitted to the nominating committee. Application process opens in September of the current year. 

The Mercy Ball provides us the opportunity to honor and support our community hospital. Additionally, we honor three distinguished individuals for their major contributions to the success of Mercy Hospital: Theodore Roosevelt Award for Outstanding Service, Sister Nadine Casey CIJ Award, & Bishop McGann Lifetime Achievement Award

The Friends of Mercy 86th Annual Mercy Ball will be held on
Saturday, December 3, 2022
at Crest Hollow Country Club, 6:30pm. 


Other Events

The Friends raise funds for Mercy through the sponsorship of annual benefits.

  • Gentlemen’s St. Patrick’s Dinner – A festive evening of laughter, good cheer and fellowship while eating corn beef & cabbage and listening to Irish music. A great Friends tradition!
  • 9 & Dine Golf – Start the golf season with 9 holes of golf, cocktails and dinner
  • Luau – A favorite for many, celebrated at a fun outdoor beach venue
  • Golf Classic – Held on a pristine golf course that offers a great day of golf and dinner
  • Mercy Ball – Prestigious ball that has become the traditional kick-off for Long Island’s holiday social season

Proceeds & Support

Proceeds 2022

Profits generated from Friends of Mercy events will be split between two areas for 2022.

*$100K to the upcoming Pain Management Center of Excellence slated to open in the 4th Qtr. of this year.  This location will be a 5,00 0 square foot, state of the art facility that will boast highly advanced equipment, multiple treatment options to give patients safe and effective pain management (without the need of opioids) and an interdisciplinary medical team to assist with the management of acute and chronic pain.

*$100K to the forthcoming Pre-Surgical Testing Center scheduled to open first quarter 2023. The Pre-Surgical Center will be located on the second floor of the impending Family Care Center.  Building the PST Center outside the hospital will allow patients to not have to enter the hospital as they complete their pre-surgical preparation. This new site promises to improve patient satisfaction while offering this much needed service to the community in a more convenient setting.  


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