Auxiliary raises money with lights

Published 10:01 pm Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A traditional fundraiser by the Obici Hospital Auxiliary will allow folks to support those in need in the community while honoring or remembering a loved one.

The Tree of Lights fundraiser has been conducted at the hospital since the 1970s. This year, proceeds will benefit the Community Outreach Program, which supports patients with diabetes and heart failure who earn less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

“There are a lot of people in need,” said Bonnie Langer, president of the auxiliary. “It’s a tough year to try to collect money this year.”

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Folks can purchase a light for $5 or a star ornament for $50. Donations can be designated in honor of or in memory of a loved one.

Unlike in past years, there will be no tree-lighting event, Langer said.

“As the years have gone by, it hasn’t been as big of an event,” she said.

Contributions to the Tree of Lights fundraiser are tax-deductible. Lights are available through Dec. 31.

Checks should be made payable to Tree of Lights, Obici Auxiliary, and mailed to the hospital, 2800 Godwin Blvd. For more information, call 934-4788.