Lake Erie Crushers

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Crushers Announce Mercy Partnership

Lake Erie Crushers Organization Selects Mercy as Official Presenting Sponsor


AVON, OHIO -- The Lake Erie Crushers baseball team in Avon has selected Mercy as its exclusive health system sponsor for the next five years, representatives from both organizations announced today. The Crushers will collaborate with Mercy on major community building and charitable events in addition to providing significant media and marketing exposure for the health system. The agreement will also allow Mercy to extend its healthcare mission to Crushers home games via free screenings and education for the community.


"Sports and health go hand in hand. The Crushers are excited to welcome Mercy as our presenting sponsor and look forward to working together on our shared commitment to the community,” said Steven Edelson, managing member, Lake Erie Crushers.  


Mercy and the Crushers have a history of successful collaboration for the benefit of Lorain County residents. As a 2011 team sponsor, Mercy provided Crushers guests with 450 free health screenings and a variety of engaging activities, including visits to its Life Flight helicopter. Mercy plans to build on these successes in its new role as presenting sponsor.


“This agreement represents a 'grand slam' for the people of Lorain County," said Edwin Oley, president and CEO of Mercy. “As a top employer serving Lorain County for more than 100 years, Mercy is pleased to establish a long term relationship with a well-respected sports team that shares our mission of community service and involvement.”


As a token of their dedication to the community, the Crushers and Mercy are donating 50 tickets to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County, which helps at-risk boys and girls develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders through a variety of programs that support the educational, emotional, physical, and social development.   


Executive director, Mike Connibear said, “The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County applaud the new relationship between the Crushers and Mercy. We are excited to be part of the celebration.”


In coming seasons, Mercy personnel will be present at home games to offer new and innovative activities created especially for Crushers’ guests. All programming will be designed to improve the health status of local communities by promoting the importance of primary care, wellness and prevention.



About the Lake Erie Crushers

The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions and 2011 Organization of the Year, play ball at All Pro Freight Stadium, a 5,000 capacity stadium located in Avon, OH.  The Frontier League is an independent baseball league with 14 teams operating throughout the Midwest and Canada. The Lake Erie Crushers open the 2012 season in Avon on Friday, May 18 against the Schaumburg Boomers.  Full season tickets and mini-plan ticket packages for the 2012 season are on sale now! For more information on tickets, promotions and team news, visit the team website at or call 440-934-3636.


About Mercy

Mercy is a full-service, not-for-profit, integrated healthcare system, which has been providing quality health care to Lorain County and surrounding communities for more than 100 years. The health system provides

inpatient, outpatient and ancillary services through its two hospitals, Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain and Mercy Allen Hospital in Oberlin; physician offices; and specialized facilities, including the Mercy

Cancer Center, Mercy Rehabilitation Center, Mercy Diagnostic Centers and New Life Hospice. Mercy’s hospitals rank among the best in quality in the region, according to Ohio Hospital Compare. Mercy is a member of Catholic Health Partners, the largest health system in Ohio, which has been named one of the nation’s Top Health Systems by Thomas Reuters. Visit Mercy online at or find them on Facebook as Mercy-Lorain Region.



About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County

Boys & Girls Club of Lorain County has been a cornerstone of the community since opening it doors in 1999. Serving some 700 youth a day, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County provides a safe, structured and positive environment for young people after school, during holidays and summer vacation for more than 3,500 members. The Boys & Girls Club of Lorain County is part of a nationwide network. The organization’s mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Boys & Girls Club of Lorain County is a 501(c)3 (nonprofit) organization and donations are tax deductible. Visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County online at 440.934.3636
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