Mary and Dan Mulvihill will be honored at the 43rd Annual Mercy Ball “Celebrating Families” to recognize their generosity and support of Scripps Mercy Hospital for more than 40 years. The event benefiting maternal and child health services at Scripps Mercy Hospital’s San Diego and Chula Vista campuses will take place Saturday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Del Mar.
The Mulvihills’ connection to Scripps Mercy began in 1972 after Dan joined a committee to oversee the construction of a new medical office building across from the hospital. In 1985, Mary and Dan established the Mercy Hospital Foundation, and Dan became the first chairman of the hospital’s new fundraising board. In 1986, Dan founded Mercy 1000, a group that has raised more than $100 million in unrestricted funds to benefit Scripps Mercy. He has also served on the Scripps Health Board of Trustees and on the Scripps Foundation for Medicine and Science. Mary has supported Scripps and a number of other community endeavors throughout her life.
“We feel blessed to be a part of the Mercy community,” said Dan Mulvihill. “We all have the opportunity to leave a legacy, whether great or small, that will positively have an impact on our community.”
The event chair of this year’s Mercy Ball is Lois Stanton. Lois has been involved with fundraising for Scripps Mercy since the mid-1970s when her husband, William Stanton, M.D., first joined the medical staff and later became medical director of the Scripps Cancer Center at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego. In addition to her work on behalf of Scripps Mercy, Lois began volunteering with Social Service League La Jolla in 1985, and served as president of the organization from 1993 to 1995 and 2009 to 2012. She has also been an active member of the Village Garden Club of La Jolla.
“Serving the community and people of San Diego is just part of who I am,” said Lois, “so when the opportunity arose to remodel the maternal and child health services areas at the Scripps Mercy Hospital campuses to match the high quality of care, I couldn’t resist. It’s part of our ‘Mercy Babes’ tradition.”
Conrad T. Prebys and Debbie Turner are the title sponsors of the 43rd Annual Mercy Ball, a role they have played since the 40th Mercy Ball in 2010. Conrad and Debbie have been generous supporters across the Scripps system including the lead gifts to the Conrad Prebys Emergency and Trauma Center at Scripps Mercy Hospital and the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, opening on the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla campus in 2015.