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2019 MercyOne House of Mercy Game Show Gala Contestants Announced

Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday, May 22, 2019 – The 2019 MercyOne House of Mercy Game Show Gala contestants have been announced. The 10th annual fundraising event, presented by Nationwide and produced by MercyOne Des Moines Foundation, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2019, at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Downtown Des Moines. This year’s co-chairs are Monni and Brian Chittenden and Beth and Tim Coonan.

Four teams will battle it out in three rounds of game show-style games – including Family Feud – in front of hundreds of attendees. All proceeds benefit MercyOne House of Mercy, one of Iowa’s largest and most comprehensive providers of vital services for men, women and children with mental health and substance use disorders. Each of the four teams represents a client that has benefited from House of Mercy in the areas of mental health, childhood trauma, methamphetamine use disorder and alcohol use disorder. Teams are comprised of community leader celebrity contestants:

Team Abby (Mental Health)

Laurie Conner (MercyOne Newton Medical Center)
Josh Cook (Community Choice Credit Union)
Joseph Jones (The Harkin Institute)
Adam Kaduce (R&R Realty Group)
Christina Moffatt (Greater Des Moines Partnership)
Rosemary Parson (EquiTrust)

Team Jack (Childhood Trauma)

Emily Abbas (Bankers Trust)
Doug Fiore (Mercy College of Health Sciences)
Scott Hoekman (Next Level Ventures)
Kristin Kuykendall (MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center)
Scott Toland (ICS Chili, Inc.)
Steven Van Oort (Polk County Board of Supervisors)

Team Jordan (Methamphetamine Use Disorder)

Sabrina Ahmed (ABC 5)
Kelly Bucher (Casey’s General Stores)
Richard Deming, M.D. (MercyOne Des Moines Cancer Center)
Aliou Keita (LSB Financial – Lincoln Savings Bank)
Onnalee Kelley (Berkshire Hathaway)
Georgia Van Gundy (Iowa Business Council)

Team Linda (Alcohol Use Disorder)

Carrie Clogg (Principal Foundation)
Niki DePhillips (Kum & Go)
Kristin Hurd (Hurd Real Estate)
Julie Stewart (Prairie Meadows)
Troy Strawhecker (Premier Companies)
Troy Vincent (Navigate Wellbeing Solutions)


The public is welcome to donate to support the game show teams by visiting now through June 13. The team with the most dollars raised wins the Game Show Gala.

Established in 2010, the Gala has raised more than $2.1 million for House of Mercy. In fiscal year 2018, the organization served 2,833 clients through recovery, halfway housing, permanent housing, adolescent group living, substance abuse and mental health treatment.

The Game Show Gala is made possible by the generous support of our 2019 sponsors. Single tickets, tables and corporate sponsorships are on sale now at



About MercyOne Central Iowa

MercyOne Central Iowa operates four not-for-profit, Catholic medical centers in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Newton and Centerville (875 beds combined total) and two specialty hospitals – MercyOne Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and MercyOne Rehabilitation Hospital in Clive  –  along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 60 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, MercyOne Central Iowa has the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state,  with more than 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health associates. MercyOne Central Iowa is a member of MercyOne, which was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between CommonSpirit Health and Trinity Health – two of the country’s foremost, not-for-profit Catholic health organizations. The MercyOne system has more than 20,000 colleagues in Iowa and surrounding states.

About MercyOne Des Moines Foundation
MercyOne Des Moines Foundation secures vital funding that ensures equal access, clinical excellence and high-quality care for all in Greater Des Moines. Learn more at

About MercyOne House of Mercy
MercyOne House of Mercy is dedicated to making the community a healthier place. This commitment includes providing vital housing, health, wellness, and human services to those for whom access to care/services is difficult. Towards this end, MercyOne House of Mercy offers substance-related/addictive disorders treatment and mental health programs to individuals and families in need of these critical services and supports. The primary goal is to exceed client expectations while helping them to create a healthy lifestyle and sense of personal self-worth and well-being.


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