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“Updated” The Lights of Life Gala Celebration Kicks Off

The 19th Lights of Life Campaign and 9th annual Gala is underway after a kickoff event at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Tuesday morning. The events were created by the hospital foundation to raise funds to purchase items for the hospital. $25 lights in memory of or in honor of loved ones are now for sale and will go on a Christmas tree that will be lighted on December 4. This year’s goal is $250,000.

Our special thanks to our sponsors and the community for their support. Pictured are our $10,000.00 Star Sponsors. The Alliance Bank, Brian Toliver Ford-Lincoln, Carriage House Manor & The Cottages/Arvis & Sheila Tanton, GSC Enterprises, Inc./Mickey & Barbara McKenzie and Rock Creek Health & Rehab.
From left to right front row: Sheila Tanton, Carriage House Manor, Tom Sellers, Alliance Bank, Mickey McKenzie, GSC Enterprises, Inc., Neva Mohesky, Rock Creek Health & Rehab, Doug Parker, Rock Creek Health & Rehab, and Wanda Galyean. Back row left to right:  Markeda Price, Professional Land & Title, Arvis tanton, Carriage House Manor, Keith Shurteff, Alliance Bank, Michael McAndrew, Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, Tim Kelty, Century 21 Hometown Realty, Jackie Thorton, Healthcare Foundation, Freddie Hughes and Dusty Hyde Rabe.

During the Lights of Life kickoff, Brian and Leesa Toliver were introduced as the 2014-2015 campaign chairs, Wayne and Wanda Galyean were recognized as Honoree Campaign Chairs, and the gala theme, The Great Gatsby was introduced. The 2014-2015 Lights of Life goal is $250,000 and the money raised this year will purchase three (3) additional Telemedicine machines, three Flex Coils for MRI machine, and assist in purchasing a new First Response suburban for EMS. Recognized as STAR sponsors ($6,000) were Alliance Bank, Brian Toliver Ford-Lincoln, Carriage House Manor &  The Cottages/Arvis and Sheila Tanton, GSC Enterprises, Inc–Mickey and Barbara McKenzie, and Rock Creek Health and Rehab. Recognized as SPARKLE Sponsors ($3,000) were Advanced Heart Care, Hageman Reserve, and Wesley House & Wesley Oaks Memory Care. GLITTER Sponsors ($3,000) include M & F Western Ware, Bulkley & Associates, City National Bank, Echo Publishing Co, HCMH Volunteer Auxiliary, Sulphur Springs Dodge, Sulphur Springs Floral, Etc., and West Oaks Funeral Home.

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Mini-Events that have contributed to the goal. The 200 participants in the September 20th half marathon raised $17,515. The style show hosted by Carrie Crowson and Lou Nell’s contributed $2440. Texas Tech enthusiasts won the Fly Your Flag bidding which combined with contributors representing other universities in the area raised $4060 .

The Lions Club Christmas Parade Friday December 5th and the Tree Lighting December 4th will also contribute to the event.

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