By Jaasmin Foote
Mission of Mercy Intern & Senior at Hood College
Mission of Mercy believes in restoring dignity and healing through God’s love; no act of compassion is too small. Mission of Mercy’s Gala Committee is a group of volunteers that work behind the scenes to plan one extraordinary night that saves many lives for years to come—The Bubble Ball.
The Bubble Ball Committee’s primary concern is creating an elegant event that will generate funds to provide free treatment at the organization’s six mobile medical clinics in Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania. These treatments include primary health care, dental care, and prescription medications – all for free!
The proceeds from The Bubble Ball allow many patients to receive treatment that they wouldn’t be able to afford at other medical institutions, gain a higher sense of self-worth, and leave with restored health. The committees’ incentive for planning this event that truly changes lives is to help Mission of Mercy’s patients receive the services they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives.
Our returning Premier Gold Sponsors are: Frederick Memorial Hospital and Mount St. Mary’s University; our Bronze Sponsors are Wegmans Frederick and Frederick County Bank. We also give special thanks to Mark D. Chilton, M.D., President of The Maryland Society for Disabled Children and Adults Foundation, Inc.
The gala will be held Friday, November 7 from 6:30 – 11:30 p.m. at the FSK Holiday Inn at 5400 Holiday Dr, Frederick, MD 21703. Tickets are $150 per person, or two tickets at the Patron level for $500. To purchase tickets, call 301-682-5683 or mail your check to 22 S. Market Street, Suite 6D, Frederick, MD 21701 Attention: Bubble Ball, or go online to www.MDTIX.com. For sponsorship details, please call 301-682-5683. Discounted room rates can be arranged through the Holiday Inn.
Christine Has a Passion for M.O.M.’s Mission
Christine Ferguson collects items for the Bubble Ball auctions. She was introduced to The Bubble Ball three years ago by a fellow member of the Commission for Women, Jennifer Charlton. Jennifer is the Executive Director of Mission of Mercy, and a previous president of the Commission for Women.
“I like to help out whenever I’m needed. I have a passion for non-profit organizations; I enjoy helping them,” Christine said. “Unlike other places where the patients must be qualified to receive services, Mission of Mercy offers its services to everyone in need.”
Christine enjoys volunteering on the Bubble Ball Committee because she considers the event to be “a fun time where you can dress up, eat great food, dance and spend time with your friends, but most importantly, help others.”
Laura Strives to Heal Through Love and Education
Laura Previte was recruited into the Bubble Ball Committee last year by Christine Ferguson. Laura aimed to volunteer as a nurse for the Mission of Mercy team, but instead helps with fundraising for The Bubble Ball Committee.
A diabetes educator and a nurse care coordinator at Frederick Primary Care Associates, Laura hopes to use her knowledge to enhance the overall health of Mission of Mercy’s patients by educating them about diabetes.
“I went into the medical field to help people,” Laura said. “This is why I volunteer at Mission of Mercy. It’s rewarding to see patients’ faces when they realize they’re getting help from their communities.”
“The Bubble Ball is an opportunity to have a good time and it’s a great way to give to those in need. Non-profit organizations like Mission of Mercy wouldn’t be able to succeed without the support of the community,” Laura said.
Ashley Proves That Every Little Bit Counts
Ashley Waters joined the Bubble Ball Committee in 2012, and as Chair of the Auction, she enjoys working with all aspects of the auction. This includes soliciting donations, preparing the displays for the silent auctions, and organizing the lots.
“Although I can’t volunteer as a doctor or a dentist, being able to support those in need (even indirectly) is important and rewarding,” Ashley said.
“So many organizations and businesses graciously offer their services to allow the Bubble Ball to succeed. The giving never gets old,” she said.
Ashley believes the Bubble Ball Gala is an essential event that “opens the doors to community supporters to make their contributions in a variety of ways, and expands their knowledge of the resources available in their backyards,” Ashley said. “While patients don’t attend, this is one of the major events for Mission of Mercy to raise the needed funds to provide services to its patients.”
Other members of the Bubble Ball Committee include Diane DeMarco, Jennifer White, Chanti Davenport, Beth Carpenter, Natalie Melendez, Tracy Marlas, and Amy Benton.