April 1, 2020

Dear Mercy Family,

Thank you for the support and understanding you have extended while all faculty and staff work hard to continue your daughter’s learning and social connections in these times of challenge. I pray that each of you and those you love remain safe and healthy as school and business closings remain part of our lives.

This year Mercy is faced with yet another major challenge because all activities, including fundraisers, are currently at a halt. As a result, the annual Sweepstakes Drive, which we use to directly pay expenses and enhance programs that tuition alone does not cover, has been modified. This event raises 20% of our unrestricted fundraising goal for the year. These funds provide needed support to keep Mercy High School excellent and affordable for all.  

I personally ask you to participate in our new endeavor, the Mercy Community Drive in order to achieve the goal of $175,000 that we depend on each year. Our virtual fundraiser is socially distant and civically responsible. It is also very efficient - we accomplish extraordinary results with very little financial investment in the effort. This means that Mercy’s “return” on your donor “investment” has a better “yield” than any other fundraising effort that we could deploy at this time. We need everyone’s help. 

How true are the words in our vision statement: 
 
Our cherished community is sustained and advanced by the active support 
of all members and friends.

When signing the Enrollment Agreement, each family agreed to the $175 Fundraising Requirement (Sweepstakes) per student. This year, the Mercy Community Drive will both support Mercy and fulfill the obligation. With the current unprecedented situation, there will not be tickets to sell. Instead, we are asking that each and every family still contribute $175, or more when possible, per student to uphold their Enrollment Agreement. 

Your contributions will be acknowledged as a donation, since no goods or services will be received, and will therefore be tax exempt per the current laws. If this amount is a hardship, each student may ask family members or friends outside the immediate family to donate and provide credit to them. Students can visit the Mercy Crowdfunding online social share site to create a personalized support page and help spread the word to ask for donations from family and friends. The Mercy Community Drive will run through May 1st. 

To make a secure contribution via credit card online, please click here . There will be a section to credit a particular student. If you prefer to donate by mail, please send your check made payable to Mercy High School to 29300 W. Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336. Please be sure to note Mercy Community Drive in the memo line along with the student’s name to receive credit. Of course, other family members or friends may assist you by using the online donation page or sending in a check with your name noted in the memo line. 

In closing, may I express my gratitude again. I am reminded of the words of our founder, Catherine McAuley who said, “A community in which universal charity reigns, is capable of surmounting all difficulties.” I believe we can accomplish the Mercy Community Drive goal together and keep Mercy strong to serve young women into the future. The world needs women of Mercy today more than ever!
 
Thank you in advance for your support, and may the Lord hold you close. 
 
If you have any questions, please contact me or Gina Gray at ggray@mhsmi.org .
 
In Mercy,
 
Cheryl Delaney Kreger, EdD ’66 
President