Since its founding in 1999, Mercy Community Healthcare has been focused on helping people in need get the care they deserve. With a mission centered on holistic wellness, the nonprofit health clinic offers comprehensive mental, physical and spiritual services to children and adults from all walks of life.

For the first time ever, Mercy is holding a fundraising dinner dedicated to the importance of behavioral health, including stories of hope and faith from people who have overcome adversity through the power of prayer and love.

The inaugural Mercy Prayer Dinner, to be held Friday, Nov. 3, at St. Phillip’s Church in downtown Franklin, will kick off with a wine reception sponsored by Harvest Beverage Company and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 6:30 seated dinner catered by The Daily Dish.

Dr. Monty Burks, director of Faith Based Initiatives with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, will serve as the keynote speaker, telling his personal story of recovery by virtue of the faith community and therapy. Others will share testimonies throughout the evening of the assistance they’ve found through Mercy Community Healthcare to overcome addiction, depression and traumatic life experiences.

“So many of us in Williamson County have experienced mental health challenges in our own lives and with loved ones. Our objective is to de-stigmatize that and encourage people to utilize the services available through Mercy Community Healthcare,” said Mercy CEO Cindy Siler.

“As a new member of this community, I’ve found that people truly love each other here and work together to overcome adversity. When we are struck by tragedy or depression or addiction, this community stands ready to surround those in need with not only love and prayer, but professional counseling and support.”

The outcomes that will be shared at the dinner are impressive, and demonstrate the ongoing need to support the services Mercy provides to children, families and adults. Siler says the event will be meaningful in many ways to those in attendance.

“We call it our Prayer Dinner because we believe in the spiritual aspects of health and wellness, but this event is about celebrating hope. It will be a wonderful evening of powerful testimonies and inspirational music, along with great food and wine and fellowship.”

Tickets are $100 per person, with tables available for $800, and can be purchased here.

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