Light up a tree for the auxiliary

Published 12:46 am Saturday, November 29, 2008

During this festive time of year, it’s common to see holiday lights all across the city.

However, Sentara Obici Hospital will need your help getting its tree lit for the holidays.

The hospital’s auxiliary, which is Obici’s fundraising and charity arm, is selling lights to be put on the hospital’s tree during the month of December. Light bulbs are available for $10 each, and stars for the top of the tree are $50 each.

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“This is one of our fundraisers,” said Debbie Williams, the president of the auxiliary. “It’s probably the one that we’ve been doing the longest.”

The tree of lights, as it’s called, will be illuminated in the hospital’s main lobby Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. The lighting will be followed by entertainment, singing and a reception with cookies, punch and hot cider. Santa Claus will be on hand to listen to children’s Christmas wishes.

People are encouraged to buy the lights and stars in honor of or in memory of loved ones, Williams said.

The hospital auxiliary does many fundraisers throughout the year, Williams said. The tree lighting is the most notable. It was moved inside this year, after being outside for several years, because of the construction on the hospital’s 30-bed addition in the back courtyard.

The money from the tree-lighting fundraiser this year will go toward Sentara Obici Hospice Health Care. Other projects the auxiliary supports have included free prostate screenings for the community, giving money to the Western Tidewater Free Clinic, buying playground equipment and more.

To purchase a light or a star for the tree of lights, call 934-4789 or pick up a form at businesses throughout Suffolk.