High-tech prizes part of Mercy fundraiser

Elizabeth Shewan, Staff writer

The Erie House of Mercy will be hosting a Techno Bingo fundraiser on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Harborcreek Social Hall.

The Erie House of Mercy is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy, modeled after Sister Catherine McAuley’s original House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland. It is a result of the Action Plan of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

According to the House of Mercy website, the action plan called for 31 Houses to be created and, in April 2002, that vision came true in Erie. The Erie House of Mercy was the first one opened in the United States.

“The House of Mercy neighborhood outreach mission is to provide activities and advocacy for an economically and ethnically diverse east Erie neighborhood,” said Michele Schroeck, a Sister of Mercy. “We serve about 100 youth and their families, many of whom are recent immigrants from Bhutan, Nepal, Iraq and several African countries who live in scattered public housing.”

The Erie House of Mercy provides activities for both youth and adults. Homework help is offered, as well as activities incorporating elements intended to boost self esteem and resolve conflicts.

There are also opportunities for arts and crafts, environmental education and career development.

Adult activities strive to provide individuals with vocational skills by pairing with local agencies and organizations.

Mercyhurst students have been volunteering throughout the semester as part of the Beyond the Gates course or work study and some students will be volunteering at the event.

“There are so many purse bingos in the area, so the House of Mercy decided to do a Techno Bingo where all the prizes are electronics,” Schroeck said.

Proceeds from the event will support the House of Mercy and enable it to continue hosting its youth and adult activities and training. It will also provide for a small “technology library,” which will allow families to sign out equipment.

The event will consist of 16 games with nine cards per game. Exciting prizes include TVs, an iPad and Apple Watch, Beats headphones, a laptop, virtual reality glasses and many more. There will also be a gift auction, 50/50 raffle and door prizes.

The event will cost $25 per person, and tickets may be purchased at Eventbrite.com. It will take place at the Harborcreek Social Hall, 7275 Buffalo Road, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and games beginning at 7 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age.