Festival of Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony Held at Grand View Hospital
|(December 06, 2012) Sellersville, PA – The annual ‘Festival of Lights’ marked the beginning of its 29th season at Grand View Hospital with a dedication ceremony and tree lighting in honor of loved ones on Wednesday evening, December 5. The ceremony included a reading of the names of individuals and organizations being honored and memorialized. The North Penn Singers accompanied by pianist Shirley Michel entertained the audience with holiday selections.
In opening remarks event co-chair Irene Roberts said, “Time is a small word, but it can seem forever like when you’re waiting nine months for a baby. Some of you are here tonight to celebrate a newborn, while others are remembering someone who is no longer with us. Many here are honoring someone special who touched your life, and several are celebrating having more time to love and smile with a cancer survivor.”
Thousands of lights illuminating the hospital and its grounds this holiday season create a winter wonderland setting made possible by donations in honor of loved ones. Red lights honor cancer survivors while all other lights are white. A white baby tree decorated in soft hues of pink and blue is filled with ornaments personalized with newborn names.
Anyone can dedicate a light for this holiday season now through January 15th by making a $20 minimum contribution to:
In addition to illuminating a light, names of those recognized appear in a display case in the hospital lobby. For contributions of $100 or more, the name of the honored or memorialized person will be added to the Eternal Tree plaques displayed in the hospital year-round and a light will be lit during Festival of Lights for years to come. All funds raised by this Grand View Hospital Auxiliary event become part of a gift to support special projects at the hospital.
- Memorialize someone special;
- Honor a person or organization;
- Recognize a cancer survivor; or
- Celebrate the birth of a baby.
Other Auxiliary fundraisers this holiday season include the sale of special limited edition doctor and nurse figurines designed by Byers’ Choice to commemorate Grand View’s 100th Anniversary. The cost is $75 each plus tax. Also available are glass Christmas tree ornaments for $10 each. These items can be purchased in the hospital gift shop. Photographs and more information are on the website, www.gvh.org.
About Grand View Hospital Auxiliary
The Auxiliary supports Grand View’s efforts throughout the community by raising funds to ensure that the hospital is able to continue its mission of making quality health care available to area residents. This past June, the Auxiliary made a gift of $175,000 to the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Grand View’s Maternity Department. The Auxiliary also supported Grand View Hospice and made scholarships available to Volunteens and employees. The Auxiliary has supported the mission of Grand View since the hospital’s founding in 1913. For more information on the Auxiliary and how to participate, call 215-453-4381 or visit www.gvh.org.
About Grand View Hospital
Grand View Hospital, Bucks County’s first hospital, has provided residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties with comprehensive health care services since 1913. Grand View offers a range of care – particularly emphasizing the areas of cancer treatment, women's and children's health, surgery, orthopaedics, and heart and vascular care. Visit www.gvh.org for more information about the hospital, its programs, and services.
Grand View Auxiliary kicks off 29th Annual Festival of Lights: President Darlene Leidy; past president Martha Otto; and committee co-chair Irene Roberts.
Fred and Lindsay Bush celebrate the birth of newborn son Ricky with big sister Kylie.
One of the lighted trees brightening this holiday season at Grand View Hospital.
Members of the North Penn Singers perform holiday selections