Every year all the marty groups come together at once
in the spirit of giving to raise money for our favorite
charity, Childrens Mercy Hospital. The Marty for Mercy
is truly one of the highlights of our work together, is
our most satisfying event of the year, and really shows
what can be accomplished when business people cooperate
to give rather than to get. In the last three years, the
Marty Connection has raised over $40,000 for the kids.
Of course, you can't discount the fun and good times had
by all in putting on and executing these events. The following
pictures will help you get some sense of our enjoyment
Mercy Marty 1:
Marty for Mercy at the York's
Since the original idea to do a charity event came from
one of our first founding members, Patti York, it was
only fitting that the first "Marty for Mercy be
held at Patti and Kevin's house in their back yard.
Ordinarily getting over three hundred people into someone's
back yard would be impossible, but since their home
sits on 4+ acres, we managed quite nicely.
it and they will come
Many team members had a hand in the preparations and
there were times when we didn't know if we could pull
it off, but when the time came we were ready. It looked
like a circus had come to town as you drove up with
the big tent right in the middle of it all, but everyone
was glad to have it as the temperature had been over
90 degrees that day.
We had over 160 auction items under that tent, and until
it cooled down most of the team members stayed under
there as well. There was cold beer and wine for the
adventurous, pop for the rest, a dunk tank for the those
with a vengeful streak, and the burgers and franks were
cooked by one of our own.
down for the kids
As evening descended, and all the bidding had been done,
then it was time to celebrate as only martyers can.
The DJ's (we had two) cranked on the music, we turned
the back yard into a disco and we all danced the night
The teams even got into a singing competition, and we
raised several hundred dollars as team after team paid
to hear the other sing. Only for the kids would we have
endured such pain.
After a good time was had by all, and the proceeds were
tallied up, we had raised over $6000 for the kids at
Children's Mercy Hospital. All were so pleased that
we decided to make this an annual event.
Mercy Marty 2:
time, we really got organized
With our first marty for mercy such a big success, we
decided to begin our preparations for the next one much
earlier. Our volunteers eagerly came forward, and we
really got into the spirit of the event as our goal
was to put a new thereaputic whirlpool in the physical
therapy section of the hospital.
As a result of our members generousity, we ended up
with over 300 auction items to sell and much of the
refreshment was donated. The food for over 450 people
was all prepared by Joyce and Corky Scarlett and their
relatives so everything was fresh and homecooked. You
could tell as folks began to arrive in droves, that
it was a good thing we had rented out the whole community
center as this was going to be a night to remember.
Celebrity items brought big prices
Many of the items we had to auction were celebrity donations
such as jerseys from local KC Chiefs football stars,
putters donated by national golf champions, a George
Brett bat, and even a complete set of custom made golf
clubs. For these items we had a live auction, and there
wasn't a person there that bought an auction item that
was unhappy. We all felt great about what we had done.
Of course, after the work was done, the DJ cranked up
the music, the dancing was begun, and eating and drinking
Just to liven things up, we also had strolling magicians,
face painting, massages for those whose backs were hurting
from too much dance, and a caricature artist to help
record the moment.
When all was said and done, all the guests had gone
home and the proceeds were counted, the totals even
amazed us. We had raised $21,197 for the kids this time,
and I don't think there was a dry eye among the volunteers
who had worked so hard for this moment.
Mercy Marty 3:
this casino, everyone wins
For our third Marty for Mercy, we wanted to do something
that would be different from anything we had done before,
and we wanted to have a barrel of fun in the process.
What better place to do both than our own casino. So
we brought Las Vegas to Kansas and threw a casino marty
for the kids.
Of course the idea was to lose, as all the losses became
proceeds for the kids, and so the team members, played
blackjack, shot craps, spun the roulette wheel, and
had a great losing as much as they could. Many said
this was the only casino they had ever been in where
you won even if you lost.
Again, after the music stopped, the dancers had left
the floor, and the last beer was consumed, we set about
counting up the losses (winnings). We had raised another
$5000 for the kids and we couldn't have had more fun
This gives all of us in the Marty Connection such satisfaction
that the Marty for Mercy will continue to be one of
our traditions that will go on for years to come.