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Portage Health's Lights of Love honors loved ones, raises funds

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Lights of Love 2009Note: This was originally posted on: 12/03/2009 

HANCOCK — Portage Health held its annual Lights of Love tree-lighting ceremony December 3, hosted by the Portage Hospital Auxiliary.

Each year, community members are invited to honor relatives and friends by reserving a light in a loved one’s name. Each name is displayed in the main lobby during the holiday season and read during the annual Lights of Love tree-lighting ceremony.

Auxiliary president Fayth Wolfe welcomed the crowd of community members, staff members and PortagePointe elders and reminded them that the event honors their loved ones while also raising money for a good cause. Proceeds from the donations are used to support scholarships for students in Baraga, Ontonagon, Keweenaw and Houghton counties who are pursuing careers in the healthcare field. About $2,000 is raised each year through the donations, which is matched by Portage Health, resulting in a total of four scholarships awarded.

Pharmacy director Jason Evans was the recipient of one such Auxiliary scholarship, and was given the honor of lighting this year's tree.

Auxiliary members and volunteers were also recognized during the ceremony. Portage Health chaplain Sister Ellen Enright provided a benediction, and seasonal songs were performed by a student ensemble from Hancock High School.

"This is an annual event that is an important part of the holiday season for many of those in the community, and we as staff members also look forward to this each year," said vice president for communications and human resources Karin Van Dyke.

Note: This was originally posted on: 12/03/2009 


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