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Hospital Foundation Announces 20th Anniversary of Lights of Life Reception


[by Jackie Thornton, Director, Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Foundation]

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 10a.m., Memorial Hospital Lobby – the Health Care Foundation will host the Annual Lights of Life Kick-off reception in the lobby of Memorial Hospital.   Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the campaign, there will lots of excitement.

Gloria Mitchell, Donna Rudzik and Polly Swatsell the 2015-2016 Lights of Life Campaign Chairs will help with the officially kick-off of the 20th Anniversary of the Lights of Life Campaign. They are excited to announce that the campaign is going great due to the continued generosity of the sponsors.   Pictures will be taken of the top level sponsors.

THREE $20,000 DIAMOND Sponsors – Carriage House Manor & The Cottages – Arvis & Sheila Tanton, CHRISTUS Health System & GSC Emprises, Inc. – Mickey & Barbara McKenzie

TWO – $10,000 STAR Sponsors – Alliance Bank and HCMH Volunteer Auxiliary

NINE – $5000 SPARKLE Sponsors –  Access Physicians, Advanced Heart Care & Cath Lab, CD Ballard-Ballard Trucking, City National Bank, Guaranty Bank & Trust & Wealth Management, James Hodge Motor Company, Net Date, The Bookworm Box, and Wesley House & Wesley Oaks Memory Care

TWELVE – $3000 GLITTER Sponsors- Bulkley & Associates, CompleteRX, City National Bank, Echo Publishing Company, Gene & Jeanette Watson,  M & F Western Products, Inc., Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home, Rock Creek Health & Rehab, SS Commercial Services, Sulphur Springs Dodge, Texas Heritage Bank and West Oaks Funeral Home.

All Past Campaign Chairs will be recognized as the 2015-2016 10th Anniversary Lights of Life Honorees.  Past chairperson who will be recognized are: Mickey Master Barnett (2006), Wanda Galyean

(2007), Dr. Bill & Peggy Dietze (2009), Craig Roberts & Jennifer Roberts (2010), Tom & Pam Sellers


(2011), Mickey & Barbara McKenzie (2012), Arvis & Sheila Tanton (2013), Ms. Mary Bonham, Rhonda Young & Kristin Potts (2014),  Brian & Leesa Toliver (2015). Because of their humble and tireless service

given to the campaign the Foundation, campaign chairs and committee are delighted to recognize the past campaign chairs that laid the groundwork that helped us get to where we are today.

The Lights of Life tree lighting campaign started in 1996.  Chaired by Chad and Rhonda Young,  the community was invited to help light the hospital Christmas tree by  making a $25 donation in “memory or to honor” someone special.  For every $25 donation given a light was placed on the hospital Christmas tree.  Funds raised before 2005 were designated for specific programs and/or projects like, Hospice at Memorial, Think Child Safety, pediatrics and other specified programs offered by the hospital.  The campaign has grown over the past twenty years to include several min-events and the annual black time Lights of Life gala.  All funds raised through the campaign help reach the aggressive goal of $250,000 set by the Foundation board of directors.   Acknowledgement cards are still sent to the families of those “honored or remembered”.  The official tree lighting and reception will be held on Thursday, December 4 at 6p.m. in The Gardens at Memorial.

A portion of the funds raised this year through the Lights of Life Campaign and Gala will be used to purchase six (6) LUCAS CPR devices and add additional funds to the Foundation “Leaving a Legacy” endowment fund.

Help us continue to make a difference for Memorial Hospital and Hopkins County by giving the gift that keeps on giving.  Donation checks should be made payable to the Health Care Foundation.   Contact Jackie Thornton, Foundation Director for more information, 903-438-4799.


Author: Staff Reporter

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