Mercy Kids held its 14th annual Benefit for Mercy Kids on Friday, Aug. 25 at The Ritz–Carlton, St. Louis. This year’s event was themed PLAY. IMAGINE. DREAM. which was highlighted throughout the evening. Six hundred guests enjoyed cocktails and dinner while viewing silent auction items, playing games and viewing the elaborate playhouses designed and created by Mercy partners. The playhouses, that were part of the live auction, added a special element to the evening. Co-chairs were Lisa and John Buescher and Sarah and Kyle Trenary.

For kids who spend time in the hospital, whether it's a long stay or a visit to the ER, Mercy’s Child Life Program makes a world of difference. Child Life specialists help children cope with hospitalizations by planning activities to help normalize the child’s environment, explaining diagnoses, counseling siblings and family members through hard times and doing anything else that makes the visit easier. It’s through play and fun activities that they help with the healing process for Mercy’s youngest patients. Mercy Kids is dedicated to meeting the needs of every child, every day.