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19th Annual Gala Raises nearly $240,000 for South Pavilion

Over 600 people attended St. Mary Mercy’s 19th Annual Gala held on October 7 at the Laurel Manor Banquet and Conference Center in Livonia, which raised nearly $240,000 benefitting the Generations Together Campaign supporting the hospital’s new South Pavilion construction project.

The annual black-tie preferred event was themed “Dancing like the Stars” and emceed by well-known WXYZ-Channel 7 News Anchor JoAnne Purtan. Dancing with the Stars pros Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo provided special dance performances and encouraged guests to join them on the dance floor for a lesson on a few dance steps. Guests also enjoyed a gourmet dinner, music by the Mel Ball and Colours Band, and a performance by Dynamic Dance Group of Walled Lake. Attendees could also enter a chance to win a 2012 Softail Deluxe Harley Davidson motorcycle in the Motor City Harley Davidson Grand Prize Raffle.

“The support of our community and sponsors is always tremendous and we would not be as successful in our efforts without their generosity,” says David Spivey, President and CEO, St. Mary Mercy Hospital. “Our new South Pavilion will provide the latest technology and design for a healing environment – bringing healthcare in this community to the next level,” he adds.

The new 154,000-square-foot South Pavilion is an addition featuring all private rooms and a new state-of-the-art Emergency Center. Renovation of current semi-private patient rooms to private rooms will take place once the South Pavilion is completed, all part of the Generations Together Campaign.

At the event, St. Mary Mercy also recognized the generosity of the 19th Annual Gala major sponsors: William & Bridget Phillips and family – Phillips Service Industries, Inc. served as the event’s Presenting Sponsor; Dan Murphy of Great Lakes Investment Group-Wells Fargo Advisors as Mirror Ball Sponsor; Emergency Physicians Medical Group, PC, and Hearts of Livonia served as the event’s Ballroom sponsors.

For more information about the South Pavilion, visit To make a gift to the Generations Together Campaign, contact the Development Office at 734-655-2980.