Monday, December 8, 2008

Nashville Society Helps Celebrate a Merry Mercy Christmas

On Monday, December 8th, 2008, over 100 women attended the Second Annual Merry Mercy Christmas Benefit at the historic Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

Co-Chairs Mrs. Sandy Houston and Ms. Tonya Cumbee, both Mercy Ministries Nashville Board members, hosted the event along with several Mercy Ministries staff. Committee members included Mrs. Tracy Mawae, wife of Titans Team Captain and pro bowl center Kevin Mawae, Mrs. Sharon Ramsey, wife of radio talk show host Dave Ramsey, Ms. Juli Fisher, Mrs. Shelley Breen of Point of Grace, Mrs. Denise Jones of Point of Grace, Mrs. Leigh Cappillino of Point of Grace, Ms. Lynn Morrow, Mrs. Charita Upkins, Mrs. Sylvia Singleton, Mrs. Ashley Cook, Mrs. Brittany Horn, and Mrs. Tobi Frankfather.

Cider and TrufflesBethany Chocolatier Truffles and hot apple cider were served and a pianist played carols as guests bid on silent auction items donated from The Hermitage Hotel, A Moment’s Peace Day Spa, Scott Schrecker Photography, Village Wines, Portraits by Griggs, Deus Virtus Handbags, Woo Cosmetics, and many more. Among the exceptional items in the auction were original paintings from three local artists Jonathan Murrell, Kris Prunitsch and Adam Hall.

Guests were given Mercy Commemorative Christmas Ornaments, as well as gift bags with the following sponsored gifts: gift cards to Swoozie’s, candles from Sweet Aroma Shop, Point of Grace “How You Live” cds, Gigi’s Cupcakes gift certificate, free facial gift certificate from Arbonne, and Nancy Alcorn’s book Echoes of Mercy.

Mercy Ministries

Local Mercy graduates Kathryne Coonce, Monica LaPlante and Ashleigh Stevenson shared their stories with those gathered and a powerful DVD was shown about how Mercy Ministries is transforming lives of young women not only in the Nashville home but all around the world.

Point of Grace

The event ended with Point of Grace singing holiday favorites including, “Tennessee Christmas” and “Not That Far From Bethlehem”. Before singing their hit single “How You Live”, they dedicated the song to Mercy Ministries’ Founder and President Nancy Alcorn, honoring her commitment to seeing young women’s lives transformed and their hopes restored.

“All the staff at Mercy Ministries greatly appreciates the time and effort of all of the incredible women who made this event possible. It was so wonderful to see women in the Nashville community embrace and support the work of Mercy Ministries and our home here. This benefit was a tremendous way to start this season of giving!” –Linda Hood, Executive Director of Mercy Ministries

“I really enjoyed being at the Mercy Ministries benefit at the Hermitage! It was so nice to be able to share my testimony and be able to give back because Mercy gave so much to me. Mercy helped me to develop the most important thing in my life – a relationship with Jesus Christ – without which I would not be who I am or where I am today. I am so thankful to Mercy and Nancy for helping me learn how to live a full and joyful life with Christ at the center and for helping me to place my child with a wonderful family through adoption. Not only was my life restored through this ministry, but many others were blessed with the birth of a little boy! Thank you Nancy for accepting God’s call on your life!” –Kathryne Coonce, Graduate of Mercy Ministries

“The second annual Merry Mercy Christmas Benefit was a wonderful event. It was a special day for Mercy as the ministry’s mission was shared and received by the generous community of Nashville. It was such a blessing to hear the graduates speak of the restoration and healing they received at Mercy during this season of hope and joy.” –Kay Strom, Volunteer of Mercy Ministries

Mercy Ministries sends a special thank you to Ms. Tonya Cumbee and Mrs. Sandy Houston for hosting this wonderful event and to all the committee members, sponsors, and guests for helping to make this a very Merry Mercy Christmas!