Late in February, the midway at Union Station in St. Louis’ Downtown West neighborhood turned tropical for the Mercy Health Foundation’s 16th annual Oceana Mercy Masquerade. Guests enjoyed cocktails and leis as they entered the foundation luau through the “Exotico Beach,” the “Living Ocean” and the “Lost City.” Greeting them were multiple ocean-inspired food stations and bars, thematic photo-ops and after-dinner tours of the St. Louis Aquarium. With more than 800 attendees, the event raised in excess of $1 million to help meet the needs of underserved patients and families.
“My wife is on the Mercy Foundation Board, and we have had wonderful experiences at Mercy over a number of years," says Joe Stieven, an event co-chair. "No matter how well the economy might be doing [under ordinary circumstances], there are still people who fall through the cracks, and it’s wonderful to be able to help them.”