Mercy Service League raises over $250,000 for women’s cancer services during inaugural Wine Women & Shoes fundraiser

Sole Man Dave Thomson named King of Sole; Dina Rooney, M.D., serves as Chairwoman of the Cause

Mercy Service League held its inaugural Wine Women & Shoes event on Saturday, May 20, at the Alex D. Krassas Event Center in Canton. The new fundraiser, which sold out several months in advance, offered attendees an upscale afternoon of shopping, wine tasting, silent and live auctions, and a high-energy fashion show, raising more than $250,000 to benefit Women’s Cancer Services at Mercy Medical Center.


Signet, an Akron-based private investment firm, was the presenting sponsor. Dina Rooney, M.D., Tri-County Hematology & Oncology, served as Chairwoman of the Cause, and Mercy Service League’s Gail Moore and Erin Shea were event chairs. Don Peterson III, VP Operation/General Manager of WDJQ-Q92, served as master of ceremony.


‘Sole Men’ volunteers also played a major role at Wine, Women & Shoes. In addition to greeting and serving guests, selling raffle tickets, and promoting auction lots, the men each personally raised funds. Of the 29 Sole Men, Dave Thomson raised $10,000 and was named the event’s King of Sole. The recognition for “Best in Shoe” was presented to Natalie Weinsz by sponsor Jennifer Meier of the William C. Meier Foundation.

"When a woman is faced with cancer, many lives are affected,” says Gail Moore, event chair, Mercy Service League. "Women more than anyone often endure the additional burdens of financial challenges, emotional strains, and stress related to their roles within the family. Since Mercy Service League is an organization comprised of women, we are passionate about easing the journey for those women in our community who are touched by cancer by supporting the work of Women’s Cancer Services at Mercy through Wine, Women & Shoes."

Other major sponsors included:

  • Supporting sponsor, The Hoover Foundation

  • Sole Men sponsor, Prime 93 Restaurant, Bar and Event Center

  • Best-in-shoe sponsor, the William C. Meier Foundation

  • Swag bag sponsor, Dr. Sam Ghoubrial

  • Paparazzi sponsor, Tri-County Hematology & Oncology Associates

  • Valet sponsor, Dr. Edward Walsh

  • Wine tasting sponsor, the Linz family

  • Wall of wine sponsor, Prime Vine Winery, Bar, and Event Center

  • Flip flop station sponsor, Absolute Home Health & Hospice

  • Cocktail napkin sponsor, Atrium OB/Gyn, Inc.

  • Dessert raffle sponsor, Kisling, Nestico & Redick

  • Hydration station sponsor, Document Management & Shredding Inc.

  • Baubles sponsor, Terry & Gail Moore

  • Check-in / Check-out sponsors, Generations Women’s Health, Ganley Auto Stores, Radiology Services of Canton Inc., Greg & Kim Boone, and Dr. Aida Safar

  • Mirror / Mirror sponsors, M. Conley Co. and John F. Martin

In addition to Thomson, other Sole Men included: David Best, Mark Butterworth, Alexander Camacho, Tim Campbell, Mike Craven, Scott Dilyard, T.J. Downing, Jeremy Foltz, Cullen Hardman, Christ Heusser, Alex Hoce, Matthew Hull, Abraham James, Rob Johns, Michael Linz, Frankie Martina, Barry McNulty, Terry Moore, Joe Ostrowske, Thomas Paumier, Jason Pirtz, John Roberson, Tim Shea, Stephen Skelly, Kyle Sobecki, Rick Vignos, Mark Wilhelm and Fonda Williams.

One hundred tickets to the Key-to-the-Closet raffle drawing, worth over $11,000 in value, also sold out prior to the event, and the lucky ticket winner was Cindy D’Egidio.

For more information about this event, please contact the Mercy Development Foundation at 330-430-2750.         

About Mercy Service League

The mission of the Mercy Service League is to support the ideals and philosophies of Mercy Medical Center and the ministry of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine through friendship, fellowship and fund-raising.  Service League members provide service, outreach and education within the Medical Center and the community.  For more information on joining Mercy Service League, please call 330-430-2750.

About Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Alliance, Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, Massillon, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see

Posted on May 22, 2017 .