Due to COVID, the MERCI Clinic has changed this year’s MERCI on Middle event.

The one-day event was held in November on Middle Street at one long table lined with 750 chairs. Last year’s MERCI On Middle sold out 750 seats in less than six hours.

“This is a testament to the skills of those who participate and the way to community comes together to support each other. This year, due to COVID, our partnering restaurants are struggling,” said MERCI Clinic Director Barb Krcmar. “MERCI wanted to give back to those who have helped us over the years, while also still having some part of MERCI On Middle. We met with the restaurants, and MERCI On/Off Middle was born.”

This fundraiser has been vital in the past for the clinic, and the partnering restaurants have been an incredible support.

Traditionally, MERCI On Middle has been a way for local restaurants to share their talents with the community while benefitting MERCI Clinic.

This year, each week starting Oct. 20, 2020 through Nov. 18, 2020, a MERCI On/Off Middle partnering restaurant will feature a delicious custom dinner for you to order. These unique creations will be available for pick-up  for the next week. Each restaurant has one week to feature their menu. Then it’s the next one’s turn.

The Restaurant Schedule is as follows:

Famous Restaurant             10/20-22
The Chelsea                           10/27-29
Cypress Hall                          11/3-5
La Casetta                              11/10-12
Morgan’s Tavern & Grill     11/17-19

Tickets are on sale now for $75 (for dinner for two except Famous Restaurant, which is dinner for four). Go here to place your order.

Proceeds will benefit the featured restaurant and MERCI Clinic. This is a great opportunity to support local businesses along with MERCI Clinic.

MERCI Clinic provides free healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and some dental services to uninsured residents of Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties. The people it cares for cannot get health insurance and are of limited means. As a free clinic, it relies on the generosity of the community.

1 Comment

  1. Wouldn’t it be nice if the people that usually go to this event purchased a ticket and gave it to one of the policemen or firemen in New Bern , or a doctor or nurse as a way of saying thank you for the jobs they are doing?
    Debbie Welch
    252-288-5318
    I hope you are feeling better.

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