Our Heart of Mercy Gala on April 5, 2014 at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC, was a huge success. The venue, the decorations, the dinner, but most of all, the energy of our generous patrons, all combined to create a night to remember. We even set a new attendance record.
The following letter appeared in the Gala program booklet. We’d like to share it again in this blog installment because its sentiments of gratitude and optimism bear repeating!
“Dear Friends of Mercy Health Clinic,
In our busy lives and with all the marvels of modern medicine at our disposal, we can sometimes overlook the true value of our healthcare. We may even take it for granted. It’s there when we need it and we schedule it into our hectic routines.
But for a large segment of our community, this is not the case. The lack of healthcare options is a burden that wears on thousands of individuals and families right here in our area. With nowhere else to turn when illness strikes, these low-income, uninsured neighbors rely on safety net facilities like Mercy Health Clinic.
Your generosity helps keep this lifeline in place. On behalf of the patients we serve, thank you.
There’s nothing quite like the gift of health because it affects both the giver and the recipient. The laying of hands and the art of healing are deeply moving and profoundly human experiences that are shared by the caregiver and the patient. At Mercy Health Clinic, we are inspired by the gratitude, relief, and renewed hope expressed by the people we serve. We hope you are lifted up as well; you deserve a share because you are an intrinsic part of every story that unfolds here at the Clinic.
For all of the time, talent, treasure, and moral encouragement you share with us throughout the year, you have our deepest gratitude.
Christopher Perez, Chairman, Board of Directors
John Kleiderer, Executive Director”