Proceeds from the dinner will support Mercy’s Behavioral Health Services & Suicide Prevention


More than 20 years ago several people in Franklin realized the need for a children’s healthcare clinic in the Hard Bargain and Natchez neighborhoods. In response to that need, Mercy Children’s Clinic opened its doors in November 1999.

Now known as Mercy Community Healthcare and serving children as well as adults of all ages, the healthcare center will celebrate 20 years of service on Friday, November 8, at St. Philip Catholic Church at 113 Second Avenue South in downtown Franklin. The evening will begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception and auction followed by dinner, music and a short program.

Community members critical to Mercy’s mission will serve as honorary chairs. They include Julian Bibb III, Robert Blair, Valerie Caldwell-Buford, Jim Cross, Rev. R.L. “Denny” Denson (posthumously), Ralph Drury, Norman Hanes, Dr. Tim Henschel, Tom Miller, Rev. Scott Roley and Ed Underwood.

“This is the culminating event of a year-long celebration,” said Cindy Siler, CEO of Mercy Community Healthcare. “We’re excited to welcome back so many who were with Mercy at the beginning and others who have supported us throughout the last 20 years.”

Tickets are $100 per person or $800 for a table of eight. Tickets may be purchased at

The online auction will feature more than 50 items including accommodations at an ocean-front beach house near Rosemary Beach, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans tickets, breakfast with Mayors Rogers Anderson and Ken Moore, and much more. A link to the online auction may be found on the event website ( as well.

Proceeds from this event and the online auction will support our Behavioral Health Services and suicide prevention efforts.

For more information, contact Kristi Sylvester by email at or call 615-790-0567 ext. 235.

About Mercy Community Healthcare

Mercy Community Healthcare was founded in 1999 as Mercy Children’s Clinic with a mission to reflect the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by providing excellent healthcare to ALL and support to their families. The nonprofit clinic added mental health and social services to its integrated care program in 2006, and expanded to a new facility in Franklin, Tenn., in 2009. Mercy was awarded a grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services designating it as a Federally Qualified Health Center in June 2012.

As a result of this, Mercy began seeing adult patients, and Mercy Children’s Clinic transitioned to Mercy Community Healthcare. Mercy Community Healthcare seeks to reflect its mission of providing quality, experienced care to everyone – adults, children, insured and uninsured – throughout Middle Tennessee.

Mercy has locations in Franklin and Lewisburg, Tenn. As a non-profit community health provider, Mercy depends on the support of private donations to operate. For more information or to get involved, visit