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placeholder February 17, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA
Mercy Center gala supports senior citizens in need

Father Michael Norkett

The three recipients of the Heart of Mercy award have something in common: their devotion to the Mercy Retirement and Care Center, which has served seniors in Oakland for 142 years.

Sister Patty Creedon, longtime administrator at the center; Dorothy Lee, first-grade teacher at Corpus Christi School in Piedmont; and Father Michael Norkett, a retired priest of the Diocese of Oakland, will be honored March 1 during the Heart of Mercy, a gala dinner evening of dining, dancing and raffles and auctions.

In honoring the three for their consistent commitment to the center, organizers of the gala event have put together baskets of "favorite things" suggested by the award recipients to be auctioned during the event.

In Father Norkett's case, the gift basket includes dinner with the bishop of Oakland at the Cathedral rectory; restaurant meals; tickets and parking at an Oakland A's game; and a Nespresso machine with assorted coffees.

Heart of Mercy Dinner

Honoring Sister Patty Creedon, Dorothy Lee and Father Michael Norkett

When: March 1, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Oakland Rotunda, Oakland

Benefits the Charitable Care Fund for Mercy Retirement and Care Center long-time residents who have outlived their resources.

Tickets: $150. Call Anne Dolan, Development Director at
510-534-8547, extension 322
or go to www.mercyretirement
Lee's love of music has been reflected in her service to Mercy over the years. Not only has she brought first-graders to visit their elders, she has brought violin students to the center. Particularly memorable, said Anne Dolan, Mercy Center development director, are Christmas meals. Lee and her students, now adults, play for the seniors as they enter the dining room. The basket of Lee's favorite things include tickets for symphonies and the theater.

Sister Patty's affinity for "Beach Blanket Babylon" is shown in tickets to the San Francisco show. Other entertainment and dining treats are tucked in that gift basket.

Dolan is enthusiastic about other items lucky bidders at the gala can take home, including a signed Tim Lincecum jersey, for example, and a collection of the top cabernets of the world.

Raffle prizes include a week's stay in a Maui condo, a stay in Cape Cod and a gourmet dinner for eight people, prepared by Chris De Vreeze, Mercy's culinary director. For those unable to attend the event, raffle tickets may be purchased by calling Dolan.

The emcee of the night will be Stan Bunger, a familiar voice for those who listen to him on KCBS radio as they drive to work. Steve Burke, a longtime leader in Family Aid Catholic Education (FACE) will lend his talents as auctioneer.

The jazz band Pure Ecstasy will provide the music. Dolan's brother, winemaker Paul Dolan, will offer selections from VML and Truitt Hurst for tasting.

Tickets to the event are $150 and can be reserved by calling Dolan at 510-534-8547, ext. 322, or at www.mercyretirementcenter.org/register.php?event=8

The beneficiary of the gala is the Charitable Care Fund, which helps longtime residents who have outlived their resources remain in the care of the Mercy Center.

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