39th Annual Mercy Ball Raises Record-Breaking $1.7 Million for Surgical and Cancer Care at Scripps Mercy Hospital

SAN DIEGO – Raising a record-breaking $1.7 million to support surgical and cancer care services at Scripps Mercy Hospital, the 39th Annual Mercy Ball, Simply Elegant, entertained guests with grace and sophistication on April 18, 2009.

The highlight of the black-tie affair was the announcement of an anonymous $1.5 million gift, facilitated by Kaye and Dick Woltman, to fund a second da Vinci Surgical System for Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery at Scripps Mercy. The state-of-the art technology will enable Scripps physicians to perform robot-assisted surgery to treat urologic, gynecologic and cardiac conditions.

During the evening, more than 400 guests enjoyed a live auction, fine cuisine and exceptional entertainment at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego – thanks to careful planning by event chairmen Maureen and Charlie King and a dedicated committee of volunteers.

For more information on ways to support lifesaving care at Scripps Mercy Hospital, please call Mercy Hospital Foundation at 619-686-3836.

About Scripps Mercy Hospital

Established in 1890 by the Sisters of Mercy, Scripps Mercy Hospital serves the San Diego and Chula Vista communities. With 700 licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees and 1,300 physicians, Scripps Mercy Hospital is San Diego’s longest established and only Catholic hospital.

With two campuses, Scripps Mercy Hospital is the largest hospital in San Diego County and one of the 10 largest in California.

Contact: Kari Kritenbrink Banigo

Phone: 858-678-6894

E-mail: KritenbrinkBanigo.kari@scrippshealth.org

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