The Mardi Gras Court is introduced at the Methodist Hospitals Foundation gala, from left to right, Princes Peter Melcher and Luis Marquez, and Princesses Cynthia Thompson, Jennifer Sanders, Eileen Ryan, Teri McCormick, Ruthie McCowin, Stacy Knox and Cynthia Chumrley. Marquez and McCormick were crowned king and queen.
MERRILLVILLE | Methodist Hospitals Foundation held its first event, a Mardi Gras Gala, last month as the employee kick-off for Methodists' First 100 Campaign, raising more than $25,000.
The event was put together by a committee, Foundation Friends, comprised of Methodist Hospital employees. This employee-driven grassroots initiative reflects the commitment of Methodist's employees to support the hospital.
The First 100 Campaign was developed in recognition of the fact that 100 years ago, 20 physicians donated $100 each to provide the equipment necessary to operate the hospital.
The First 100 Campaign has been created to help fund the current needs of the patients and communities Methodist Hospitals serves.
The Mardi Gras Ball, held at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, included a parade, face painting, jugglers, dancing, a dessert buffet, and the crowning of Methodist Hospitals' own Mardi Gras King and Queen, Luis Marquez and Teri McCormick.
The royal court, consisting of Princes and Princesses who were nominated to run for King and Queen, included Marquez, Peter Melcher, McCormick, Cynthia Thompson, Jennifer Sanders, Eileen Ryan, Ruthie McCowin, Stacy Knox and Cynthia Chumrley.
All proceeds will benefit the Methodist Foundation, whose objective is to support Methodist Hospitals' mission that includes access to high quality health care for everyone, including the region's most vulnerable population; superb emergency and trauma care; public health vigilance; education of the next generation of health care professionals; and research to advance the care of its patients.