Special THANK YOU to Steve Tyson for hosting us on “All About Craven” last month. It was a wonderful opportunity to share our story with the community so more people know about the critical health care services we provide for patients in Craven, Pamlico and Jones Counties. Please click on video below to view the segment (you can skip to start at the 9:05 mark):
MERCI Clinic is pleased to welcome Beth Cooper as the new Executive Director.
Beth brings over 30 years of management experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Beth served as Executive Director of Family Promise Metrowest, a nonprofit in Natick, MA providing shelter and transitional housing to families who are homeless.
A hearty New Englander, Beth and her husband, Ramon, moved south to North Carolina in July of 2014 -and boy was it hot! They soon fell in love with the mild winter climate, the beauty of Eastern Carolina’s diverse wildlife and the active sailing community and welcoming people of New Bern. Beth is an active member of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary New Bern Flotilla 20-04 and the Coastal Women’s Forum.
Beth is excited to be the newest member of the MERCI Clinic’s team and is eager lead the organization into its 21st year of providing free health care to the uninsured in Craven, Jones, and Pamlico Counties.
This week, Chris Buttitta, President of the United Steel Workers Local 1167 Union presented MERCI Clinic with a donation of $1200. The local union has been a strong supporter of MERCI Clinic and happy to continue their annual contribution. Money is collected at their end of year reception, held at The Flame, for their members. After presenting MERCI Clinic with the check, Mr. Buttitta was given a tour of the Clinic by Deb Bourne-Hammerle, Clinic Manager, and Beth Cooper, incoming Executive Director. Chris Buttitta may be familiar to some as he is also the bassist for Hot Buttered Grits! Thank you for your generosity!
THANK YOU Priscilla Miller and WELCOME Beth Cooper!
We want to take a special opportunity to thank Priscilla Miller for her many years of service and dedication to the MERCI Clinic. On December 30, Priscilla will retire from her position as Executive Director and take some well-deserved time with family. She has been a huge asset to the success of the MERCI Clinic, weathering some difficult financial times. The Staff, Volunteers and patients will miss her tremendously, but are excited for her new ventures.
Replacing her will be Beth Cooper. Beth and her husband moved to New Bern with a keen interest in sailing. She was Executive Director of a prominent non-profit in Massachusetts and brings experience in volunteer and donor development, fundraising and event planning as well as grant writing. We are eager to kick off a new year for MERCI and with Priscilla’s help, know the transition is going to be very smooth.
Congratulations to A. Machle, who is the $20,000 raffle ticket winner! MERCI Clinic just completed a raffle on a chance to win $20,000. Five hundred tickets were available, so the chance to win was 1 in 500. At $100 each, MERCI Clinic was able to raise nearly $30,000 in proceeds! “This was such a fun opportunity and a win-win for everyone who participated,” said Tom Monte, MERCI Clinic Board President. The drawing was held on Wednesday afternoon at the office of Carr Riggs & Ingram on Trent Road, New Bern.
We called Ms. Machle to let her know how thankful we are for her support of our Clinic and how happy we are to share the news of her winnings. She has never won anything in her life and is so excited to hear the news. She was delightful to speak with and we look forward to meeting with her to make everything official. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
We will announce the winner of our $20,000 raffle on Thursday, December 15th. Tickets have been sold online, at the Clinic, and from Board Members and staff at $100 each on a chance to win $20,000. The proceeds from ticket sales will benefit MERCI Clinic as we look to provide quality health care to those who need it most in our community. Odds of winning are 1 in 500, so it’s better than the lottery!
Announcement of the winner will come nearly one month after celebrating 20 Years of MERCI at the Annual Gala, which took place on Saturday, November 19th at the NC History Center.
Support for MERCI has been tremendous and we appreciate the generosity of our community. We have big plans for 2017, so funding is critical as we look to increase our services.
There are several ways to support MERCI through time, talents and treasures; please stay up-t0-date with volunteer and event opportunities online at www.MerciClinic.org and follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MERCIClinic.nc.
Join us for our 20th Emerald Anniversary!
A NIGHT in OZ on Saturday, November 19th at 5:30pm
featuring entertainment by The Dickens
Cocktails, Dinner & Silent Auction
$75 per person (seating is limited)
The Emerald City Ballroom
at the North Carolina History Center
Presented by REALO DISCOUNT DRUGS & CAROLINA HOME MEDICAL
Black Tie Optional