CANTON  The Mercy Service League presented Mercy Medical Center with a check from proceeds raised during the League’s annual 2015 Harvest Ball. The check totaled $205,000 and was presented during the League’s annual membership banquet May 17 at Bender’s Tavern in downtown Canton.

The money will benefit Mercy’s Facility Transformation Project, which involves renovating the fifth floor orthopedic/observation unit. Elaine Campbell, director of the Mercy Development Foundation, wrote in an email interview that the Mercy Service League has been a long-standing women’s organization that supports the ideals and philosophies of Mercy Medical Center and the ministry of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine.

“There are 80 members of the Mercy Service League and through their charitable efforts, they have touched just about every department at the hospital over the years,” Campbell wrote.

Phase I of the Mercy’s Facility Transformation Project includes renovating the fifth floor into an orthopedic and observation unit, and the expansion of private rooms for patients. The $4.3 million project is planned to start in 2017.

Capital costs for the project will be supported through major gift solicitations and charitable efforts of the Mercy Service League.

“Sponsorships and ticket sales from the Service League’s 2015 Harvest Ball and other events throughout the year have enable the generosity of this donation," Campbell wrote. "Mercy was presented a check at the Service League’s annual banquet, where a large group of members came together to celebrate the fruits of their labors after a busy year of activities.

"Mercy Medical Center is proud of the commitment and dedication of the women of the Mercy Service League who have given their time, talent and treasures to benefit hospital initiatives that help improve the healthcare of the surrounding community,” she added.

The Mercy Service League supports that mission through friendship, fellowship and fundraising. Service League members provide service, outreach and education with the medical center and the community. For more information about Mercy Service League, visit cantonmercy.org/service-league.