Twenty-first annual lighting of BMH ‘Tree of Lights’ held

The Auxiliary of Brooks Memorial Hospital held its 21st annual “Tree of Lights” tree lighting ceremony last Friday evening.

Christmas carols were sung by community members, led by Sam Mancuso of Dunkirk. The carolers sang “Silent Night” as the outside live rooftop tree was illuminated. After the lighting, the group proceeded throughout the hospital caroling for patients and staff. Refreshments were served to complete the festive celebration.

The beautiful tree, which was donated by Toot’s Tree Farm of Forestville and will remain illuminated throughout the holiday season, is lighted with gold, red and white lights that are purchased in honor or in memory of loved ones and friends. Gold lights are tributes to those who are still living, white lights honor the memory of a loved one, and red lights at the top of the tree represent gifts to the hospital’s Auxiliary in honor or in memory of family members and friends.

A donation of $10 or more per individual name will provide a gold or white light. A gift of $50 or more will purchase a red light for the “Circle of Lights” at the top of the tree. Names of all honorees are displayed on a “Scroll of Honor” in the main lobby of the hospital. This display will remain there until Jan. 10, 2014.

All the proceeds raised by this communitywide, non-denominational remembrance project will assist the Auxiliary in its continued support of Brooks Memorial Hospital, the community provider of quality healthcare.

Donations will be accepted through Jan. 10. They are tax deductible as provided by law. To make a donation contact Lisa at 679-4774 or Joanna at 366-2973. Donations may also be mailed to The Auxiliary of Brooks Memorial Hospital, Tree of Lights, 529 Central Ave., Dunkirk 14048.