GSC, auxiliary boost Lights of Life with $20K in donations
By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor
Nov 1, 2007 - The 12th Annual Lights of Life campaign, hosted by Hopkins County Health Care Foundation, opened Thursday morning with a small kickoff celebration and $20,000 in donations from hospital volunteers and Grocery Supply Company.
Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary members were praised for their support of the hospital and the fundraising efforts which have allowed them each year to underwrite the annual campaign.
�They come every day and give of their talents and efforts, and give money back, as well,� said Jackie Thornton, Hopkins County Health Care Foundation director. "Over the last 12 years the volunteer auxiliary has given over $60,000 to Lights of Life."
This marks the second year the auxiliary has helped kick off the campaign with a $10,000 donation to help underwrite expenses. Grocery Supply Company Enterprises Inc. also helped get the campaign started with a $10,000 donation to Lights of Life.
�I�d like to take the opportunity to say thank you so much for being a part of the Lights of LIfe tradition here at the hospital that helps us light the tree," Thornton said to the auxiliary, gala committee, foundation, hospital staff, community members present for the kickoff and those who have contributed to Lights of Life in the past. "Last year, we decided to beef it up and kick it up a notch with the gala, chaired by Micky Masters Barnett. I�m thrilled to say we�re be doing again the Lights of Life Gala. But we can�t do any of it without your support, through donations, volunteers, donors, you all help. o to those who participate, thank you for that."
Last year's campaign, thanks to the first Lights of Life Gala, exceeded the $100,000 goal by about $15,000, according to Thornton. This year, the Health Care Foundation’s goal is to once again raise that amount from the campaign and gala. The gala, chaired by Wanda Galyean, will be held Dec. 8.
Funds from this year’s Lights of Life will be used to help fund Phase II of the Gardens at Memorial project at the hospital, with the rest going toward other projects and needs at HCMH.
When a donation of $25 or more is made to Lights of Life, the donor can dedicate a light on the Lights of Life Christmas tree in honor or memory of someone special. The donor may designate where they want the gift used and all donations are tax deductible, Thornton noted.
McAndrew said that he and his wife annually sponsor a light in memory of her father, which “is kind of helping keep his spirit alive.”
Galyean invited the community to the annual Lights of Life Tree Lighting Ceremony held in front of the hospital. This year’s Nov. 29 tree lighting will include the tradition lighting ceremony, an appearance for Santa, music from choirs and local bands, as well as chocolate and cookies served by members of the volunteer auxiliary.
Anyone wanting more information about Lights of Life or interested in making donations can contact Thornton at 903-438-4799.
Check donations should be made payable to the Health Care Foundation, or may also be made using a Visa or MasterCard credit card, or cash.