Rimes surprises guests at Red Door Gala


LeAnn Rimes performs at the Red Door Gala, a fundraiser for Mercy Health-St. Rita’s.

LeAnn Rimes performs at the Red Door Gala, a fundraiser for Mercy Health-St. Rita’s.


Heather Marie Photography | Submitted photo

LIMA — A well-known musician surprised guests at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s “Red Door Gala” on Wednesday night.

LeAnn Rimes was revealed during the event when she walked through the red door to awaiting guests. The singer, songwriter, actress and author sang for the crowd of about 300 guests, who celebrated the hospitals 100 years of medical service.

The inaugural Red Door Gala was a fundraising event to celebrate St. Rita’s 100 years of healing and will become an annual event. The creation of the Red Door Gala was inspired by the “The Door of Mercy,” a poem written by one of St. Rita’s founding Sisters, which commemorates and honors our mission of mercy.

Sponsors and donors raised nearly $270,000. All proceeds from the event support the Mercy Health Foundation Greater Lima’s Legacy Fund, a newly created fund that supports current critical medical needs in the Lima area community. This year, the Red Door Gala will fund initiatives focused on the area’s opioid problem.

LeAnn Rimes performs at the Red Door Gala, a fundraiser for Mercy Health-St. Rita’s.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/06/web1_Red-Door-Gala-toned.jpgLeAnn Rimes performs at the Red Door Gala, a fundraiser for Mercy Health-St. Rita’s. Heather Marie Photography | Submitted photo

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