Dalton, GA -- On Monday evening, November 30th, Hamilton Medical Center’s Love Light Trees will shine. The lighting ceremony continues the tradition that signals the beginning of the holiday season in our region. The community is invited to attend the 33rd annual lighting celebration which begins at 6:00 p.m. at Hamilton Medical Center in the Bandy Parking Plaza on the corner of Memorial and Broadrick Drives. Refreshments will be served and holiday music will be provided by the New Hope Elementary School Chorus directed by Jeff Roueche and the Park Creek Elementary School Chorus directed by Wendy Norfleet. Festive Christmas trees near the stage will be decorated with ornaments created by students from the schools.
Hamilton Medical Center’s fundraising arm, the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation, and The Daily Citizen co-sponsor this annual holiday fundraising program. “Hamilton’s Love Light Trees have come to symbolize our community’s concern for quality healthcare. Since 1983, this program has raised over $553,000 to enhance Hamilton Medical Center’s patient care programs,” states Scott Sellers, Chairman of the Foundation.
“Giving to the hospital through the Love Light Trees program offers an ideal way to honor or remember special people in our lives during the holiday season, whether it be a family member, friend, physician or co-worker,” said Sellers.
The 2015 Love Lights are designated to benefit Hamilton Hospice. “Hamilton Hospice is Whitfield County’s only community supported, not-for-profit Hospice, committed to providing compassionate end-of-life care for individuals and families touched by life-limiting illnesses, regardless of the ability to pay,” states Bo Calloway, director of Hamilton Hospice. “Your contributions will help support and enhance the level of care Hamilton Hospice provides to the Dalton community.”
For a minimum contribution of $10 to the Foundation, a light is added to one of the Love Light Trees located atop Hamilton Medical Center. A gift of $100 designates a “Star” light and a $500 gift designates an “Angel” light. Lights are added to the trees throughout the holiday season, and the names of those honored or remembered, as well as those making the contributions, are listed in The Daily Citizen’s Sunday editions during the month of December. For each thoughtful gift made, the Foundation mails an acknowledgement card to those honored or to the family of those memorialized notifying them of the tribute light donation. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
“Each light added to the trees is a symbol of love and affection for someone we care about. It is exciting to watch the tree grow brighter as the season progresses because we know that the contributions will acknowledge our love for someone, and enhance the level of care Hamilton provides to the Dalton community,” says Zack Adamson, Foundation Trustee.
Contribution forms may be picked up at Hamilton Medical Center and The Daily Citizen news office. Contributions also may be made online here or by contacting the Foundation office at 706-272-6128.
Photo: The Whitfield Healthcare Foundation invites you to attend the 33rd Annual Love Light Trees Lighting Celebration on Monday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m. at Hamilton Medical Center.