Opening Doors raises money for Tender Mercies

More than 300 guests turned out for the inaugural Opening Doors fundraiser to help provide a safe home for the 150 residents at Tender Mercies.

Joe and Lorraine Mayernik hosted the May 18 event. Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and other specialty items by Funky’s Catering, all to the beat of live music by Fathead Davis Trio.

The evening’s program began with a presentation Joe Feldhaus, emeritus board member and volunteer who reflected on his involvement in Tender Mercies’ 30-plus years of serving those with mental illness.

“Tender Mercies saves lives of so many with nowhere else to go,” he said. “It has truly changed my perspective, and I look forward to continuing to help make security, dignity and community at Tender Mercies possible.”

CEO Russell Winters echoed those thoughts: “Tender Mercies is dedicated to making a difference for people with mental illness, an often misunderstood and underserved population. We are a team of caring people who do whatever it takes to save lives and build promising futures.”

More than $100,000 was raised for permanent housing and support programs for the nearly 200 homeless adults with mental illness who are served each year.

Committee members included Claudia Cline, Sheila Elsbrock, Erika Meyer Judd, Laura Kitzmiller, Kim Labar, Jean Robson, Kathy Ryan, Mary Beth Salyers and Mary Carol Sower.

Sponsors included Mercy Health, Claudia Cline, the Marge and Charles Schott Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Cushman & Wakefield, Deloitte and the Urban and Shelley Meyer Foundation.

Click on a thumbnail below to view photo gallery of the event.

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