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Record-Breaking $502,055 raised at 2019 MercyOne House of Mercy Game Show Gala

Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, June 17, 2019 – A record-breaking $502,055 was raised on Thursday, June 13 at the 2019 MercyOne House of Mercy Game Show Gala presented by Nationwide and produced by MercyOne Des Moines Foundation at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Downtown Des Moines. The 2019 co-chairs were Monni and Brian Chittenden and Beth and Tim Coonan.

The 2018 event raised $356,888. This year’s event reflects an over 40 percent increase in contributed revenue from last year. Photos from the event may be viewed here.

Four teams battled it out in three rounds of game show-style games – including Family Feud – in front of over 750 attendees including 338 contributors and sponsors, and all to benefit House of Mercy, one of Iowa’s largest and most comprehensive providers of vital services for persons with substance use disorders. Attendees could donate to advance four teams representing a client that benefited from House of Mercy in the areas of mental health, alcohol use disorder, methamphetamine use disorder and childhood trauma. Team Abby (mental health) won, with $47,215 pledged toward its team. Teams were comprised of community leader contestants, including the following:

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)

Left to right: Rosemary Parson (EquiTrust), Laurie Conner (MercyOne Newton Medical Center), Joseph Jones (The Harkin Institute), Shannon Cofield (MercyOne Des Moines Foundation), Christina Moffatt (Greater Des Moines Partnership and Crème Cupcake), Josh Cook (Community Choice Credit Union), Adam Kaduce (R&R Realty Group).



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 one of Iowa’s largest and most comprehensive providers of vital services for men, women and children with mental health and substance use disorders. Learn more at

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