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Lights of Love ceremony scheduled for Thursday morning

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Update: See photos from the 2011 event, which was hosted on Thursday, Dec. 11, on our Facebook page. Below is a press release, for more information on the scholarship, click here.

HANCOCK – The Portage Hospital Auxiliary is hosting its annual Lights of Love ceremony on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Portage Health lobby.

2010 Lights of Love Tree“It will be a lovely program,” said Fayth Wolfe, chair of the Lights of Love program. “We’ll read all the names of people the lights are dedicated to, the Hancock High School music ensemble will be playing Christmas music under the direction of Cheryl DeLong and afterwards we’ll have a charming reception in the Portage Health Conference Center.”

The ceremony marks the beginning of the Lights of Love program for the season, which features a beautifully lit Christmas tree in the lobby of the hospital. Each light on the tree is either in memory of someone who has passed, or honoring someone still alive.

The lights are $5 each, with proceeds going toward scholarships for local students. Lights are available at The Guilded Rose Gift Shop inside the hospital or by contacting Connie Greenleaf, at 483-1566.

There are four $1,000 scholarships available, but students must be in their second year of school in a health-related field. Eligible students must also originally be from the Keweenaw.

“We want to grow our own healthcare providers,” said Wolfe. “The hospital will match what we give to provide four scholarships to eligible students.”

Notices for the scholarships will be sent out soon and awarded in the spring, for more information on the scholarship, click here. The public is invited to attend the reception.

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