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November 18, 2008

A Once-A-Year Happening

Farrell Keough

“[A]m I my brother’s keeper?” This was the statement Cain gave to God when questioned about the location of Abel, whom Cain murdered. It has become part of our cultural colloquialisms – generally applied when asking about our responsibility to help others.

 

So much of our nation has become dependent upon government programs to solve our issues. While government has a place in our world, it has become our first source for solutions rather than our last refuge. During these times of economic uncertainty, we desperately need to find alternatives to continued government programs, intrusions, and increased taxation.

 

One such program exists – Mission of Mercy. This organization serves anyone who has need of medical attention. Doctors, dentists, nurses, a myriad of volunteers and a handful of staff provide medical relief at no cost to the patient. This is accomplished without government help, without taxing our citizens, and without a constant barrage of requests for help. In fact, this may be the only time you read about this organization.

 

Once a year, Mission of Mercy has its annual Gala. This year it will take place November 22 at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, MD. The tables will be elegant and the meal delicious – cocktails will be served before the dinner and dancing will take place after the meal. And there is a live auction, with a plethora of amazing donations, gifts, jewelry, and trips up for bid.

 

With Christmas and Hanukkah around the corner, birthdays occurring throughout the year, and the need for vacations always in the mix, this is an event not to be missed. You will find donations for personal services, foods, and wines, and virtually everything you could want. Having been last year's Computer Chairman for the event, I can assure you is well worth the expense!

 

This event will offer the best of both worlds – not only will you be helping this amazing organization, but you will be helping yourself. This coming year will prove to be a time of difficult financial struggles, hence finding values is always our best choice. By having the opportunity to determine your own price for these various donations, you can bid with others and garner a real deal.

 

My wife (She Who Must Be Obeyed) and I were able to go to Colorado for a tiny cost because of a bid on the package last year. We stayed at a plush condo and were able to see moose, (my favorite animal) and lots of other wildlife. Had we not had the opportunity to bid at this event, we could not have afforded this trip.

 

Hopefully you can see the personal gain you can make by attending this event. Now let’s explore some of the community gain. By helping to finance Mission of Mercy, you not only help those in serious financial straights, but you may be preventing others from getting sick.

 

Consider a family unable to meet all of its financial obligations. Keeping a roof over their heads and food in their belly may well be the most they can accomplish. By providing these medical services to both the parents and their children, other children and adults will also be protected from potential sickness. If the children are of school age, they will be in close proximity to many other Frederick County children. As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

 

Your attendance at this event could help ensure that others in our community remain healthy. So, not only will you be directly helping your fellow man, and woman, and child, but you will also be helping the wider community. And, you may well end up helping yourself and your family in return.

 

I hope you will seriously consider attending this year’s Gala. You can either call Mission of Mercy at their downtown office, (301) 682-5683, or, if it would be easier, please feel free to send me an email, and I will ensure you will have a place at the table.

 

I hope to see you there!

 

fkeough@hotmail.com

 



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