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 85th Annual Mercy Ball will be held on
Saturday, December 4, 2021
at Crest Hollow Country Club, 6:30pm. 


Proceeds & Support

Proceeds for the remaining half of 2021

Mercy Hospital in partnership with The Pain Institute of Long Island, has made a commitment to expand its pain management services with the development of a 5,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art center on Mercy’s campus. The Pain Management Center of Excellence will be located on the lower level of the Miracle Building and will boast highly advanced equipment, multiple treatment options to give patients safe and effective pain management (without the need of opioids) and an interdisciplinary team of physicians and medical professionals to assist with the management of acute and chronic pain.


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