Michael’s House Fifth Annual Family Fun Day and Cookout
Want to do something fun this weekend while making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children right here in the Miami Valley?
Join us at the Fifth Annual Family Fun Day and Cookout benefiting Michael’s House. The event takes place Sunday, September 2, at Elsa’s in Kettering, 1216 East Stroop Road. Admission is $25 for all you can eat and drink and children under 16 are free! Included in the fun of the day will be raffles, games, activities, a children’s play area, live and silent auctions and music by The Trace.
It has been said, “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” – Shannon Alder
Michael Mercurio left a legacy that not only touched all of those who had the privilege to know him in his 37 short years, but will live on in his memory at Michael’s House, the facility that bears his name. Fashioned after a similar program called Care House in Montgomery County, Michael’s House creates an environment where abused and neglected children can feel safe and where the process of helping them is designed to minimize any additional trauma.
Michael Mercurio, a former Alter High School quarterback, who went onto become a endodonist, with a wife and 2 young children, died of blood clots in his lungs, July 4, 2007. He was a larger-than-life kind of guy who was tough enough to run with the bulls in Spain, to go scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef and to go bungee jumping in the Swiss Alps. Yet, his compassion for others endeared him to his nieces and nephews and led him to go on 3 separate humanitarian missions to help orphaned children in Romania who suffered from dental disease.
This desire to help others and to make a difference is shared by his family and friends. Michael’s House is truly the culmination of the hearts and hands of many in the community. While the idea of the facility was the brain-child of Michael’s parents, Bill and Elaine Mercurio, their plans were refined and brought into existence with the help of many benefactors. Bob Mills, a general contractor in the Dayton Area, was instrumental in bringing their vision to fruition. George Oberer of Oberer Flowers donated the $250,000 parcel of land that the facility was built upon.
The community of benefactors extends to our own Dan Kronauge who was a childhood friend of Michael’s and who is one of the sponsors of the Family Fun Day and Cookout. Please join us on Sunday to share the fun and the compassion.
And remember, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Albert Einstein.