Catherine McAuley Society

Catherine McAuley Society

The Catherine McAuley Society is a women’s philanthropic group supporting the fundraising efforts of the Friends of Mercy Foundation. Members continue the incredible legacy of Catherine McAuley, Foundress of Mercy Hospital’s founding congregation — Sisters of Mercy. Her selfless acts of kindness, generosity and commitment to those less fortunate is what makes her legacy so special and what inspires our members to continue to support our fundraising efforts. As a member of the Catherine McAuley Society you will have the opportunity to follow in her footsteps and impact our community in a positive way. 

Membership in the Catherine McAuley Society requires a $1,000 gift each year you are a member. Members are invited to three hosted luncheons over a twelve-month period and as a group vote to direct 100% of society funds to the Mercy Hospital project that is most meaningful to them. 

Would you like to become a member of this women's philanthropic group supporting the fundraising efforts of the Friends of Mercy Foundation? Join now and pay via credit card by clicking the “Donate Now” button. You can also send in your donation of $1,000 to the Friends of Mercy Foundation at PO Box 119, Bakersfield CA 93302 or contact or (661) 663-6700.

Since this group's founding in 2005, more than $1,795,000
has been raised in support of:
  • Trident HD Specimen Radiography System - innovative equipment located in the operating room when a surgeon is doing lumpectomy and breast tissue conserving treatment. The equipment can immediately verify the excised tissue to ensure the margins are clear. There is no need to transport the specimen to another room for imaging, which means additional procedure time. This not only improves the workflow in the OR but more importantly, results in fewer patients needing to have repeat surgeries.
  • Advanced VDR-4 ventilators used to care for our sickets patients in which regular ventilators are unable to support.These devices offer an additional option for the Intensive Care Unit physicians and respiratory staff for patients who are not progressing on conventional ventilators. In many cases, they can a higher level of respiratory support to those who are most critical, specifically those suffering from respiratory related illnesses. Mercy's Angel Baby Program, providing care, comfort and assistance to families who have experience an infant loss.
  • Breast Cancer treatment in the form of an Intraoperative Radiation Therapy device, which delivers focused radiation to a patient during the resection surgery. For appropriate breast cancer patients, this 20-30 minute treatment replaces the traditional radiation schedule of 5 days a week for 6 weeks.  Additionally, it leaves the skin intact, creating a more normal looking breast post-surgery. We will be the only hospital between San Francisco and LA to have this treatment option.
  • Advanced retina scanning technology that is key to maintaining optimal eye health in the most vulnerable of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit patients
  • Blue Light Cystoscopy System to enhance the detection and management of non-muscle invasive bladder cancer – this unit is the only of its kind between Los Angeles and Fresno; and a Microtome used to diagnose many conditions including early stages of cancer
  • Advanced equipment used to treat patients suffering from cardiac arrest and pneumonia
  • Breast MRI to assist with the early detection of breast cancer
  • 4D Echocardiogram used in the diagnosis of heart disease
  • Sleeper chairs and sofas providing comfort to our patients and families
  • Upgrades to operating rooms primarily used for cancer related surgeries
  • Specialized technology for monitoring and treating Mercy’s tiniest patients
  • State-of-the-art ultrasound to detect cancerous tumors; and heart defects in babies
  • Skin ulcer prevention equipment to better treat elderly and bed-ridden patients
  • Lifesaving training equipment for Mercy’s caregivers
  • Nursing scholarships for single parents

For recent and past luncheon photos, please visit the Friends of Mercy Facebook page.

2020-2021 Catherine McAuley Society Members

*Charter Member, Deceased

Cherie Aaron
Antonette S. Anich*
Marcelle Ansolabehere*
Rosemary Anspach*
Sandy Banducci*
Kay Beavers
Edith Bianco
Lynda Bittleston
Tricia Bland
Michele Borel
Alissa Buckey*
Vicki Burger
Sharon Bush*
Beverly Camp
Pat Campbell*
Debbie Cappello*
Kaye M. Cartnal
Sylvia Cattani*
Susan Cerri-Buck
Jennice Cerrina
Julie Cesare
Michelle Chantry
Becky Clark
Janet Craft~
Kathy Crettol
Sarah Crowley
Lisa de Pencier~
Joan Dezember*
Fern DiNicola*
Gloria Dominguez
Joyce Downs
Jennifer B. Drake
Simona Dulcich
Adel M. Durando*
Mesha Elliott
Cherilee Ezell
Gina Fanucchi
Judith Fanucchi
Kimberly Fiorini
Melissa Fortune
Debbie Fowler
Marilyn H. Fowler
Judy Franconi*
Jan Froehlich
Sheila Fry

Alicia Gargan~
Catherine Gay
Cynthia Giumarra
Keri Gless
Catherine Haupt
Mikie Hay*
Lauren Helper
Kathy Hill
Beth Hoffmann
Patricia Houchin
Annie P. Huynh, FNP~
Christine Icardo
Cynthia Icardo*
Nancy H. K. Johnson
Cindy Jones
Germaine Kimm
Lisa King
Karen Krausse-Roesle
Diane Lake*
Valerie Lallo
Dee Ann Lantz*
Marianne Laxague
Lesa Mackessy
Mary Mazzei*
Ronda Mazzei
Louise McCarthy
Theresa McNally
Cindy Meek
Mary Ann Mulkay
Marjorie Nixon
Cheryl Palla
Carolyn Camp Pandol
Mona Pankey*
Barbara Patrick
Emma I. Refendor-Gopal~
Mary C. Richardson
Monique Roberts
Linda Rojas
Arlene J. Roland
Chris Romanini
Erika Romanini
Alexis Roy
Barbara Sandrini*
Joellyn Schroeder
Juliet Smith

Marcie Soper
Karen Stanley
Mora Tang
Donna Toretta
Jane Uhalt*
Marilynn Unruh
Ashley Vorhees
Joan Wallace
Lynn Ward
Kathy Wells
Katie Werdel
Sue Williams
Pattie Yee~
Jennifer Zahry
Dominique Zaninovich
Katy Zaninovich
Theo Zaninovich

Honorary Members
Sister Sherry Dolan
Sister Judy Morasci*
Sister Mary Hope Sanchez
Stephanie Weber*

Memorial Members†
Patty Bass
Frankie Berchtold
Bebe Burke
Sister Cris Caballero
Jacqueline Coppola
Patricia Eagleson*
Yolanda Griffiths*
Sister Josie Gonzales*
Ann Hine
Ruth Ann Montgomery*
Patty Plank*
Margaret Philippe
Joan Pracy
Judith Schwebel*
Mary Lou Thomson
Jane Toller*
Caroline West