Beaver Dam Community Hospital holds Tree of Lights celebration
Thousands of lights brightened the cool, dark night Monday and warmed the hearts of those in attendance at Beaver Dam Community Hospital’s Tree of Lights celebration.
The BDCH Café was filled with residents of Beaver Dam and surrounding communities for a program honoring the work of hospice employees and remembering patients who have passed away.
The Tree of Lights program offers people an opportunity to purchase a $7 tree light in honor or in memory of a friend and loved one. Trees located in front of Beaver Dam Community Hospital, Hillside Manor and Stone Terrace are designated symbols of loving, remembering and giving during the holiday season.
Now in its 29th year, the Partners of Beaver Dam Community Hospitals have raised more than $400,000 through the event. This year’s proceeds will benefit the BDCH Foundation’s Hillside Hospice, Hospice Home and Lifeline programs.
Hospice supports and assists patients and their families dealing with a terminal illness,
Lifeline is an emergency response program that makes it possible for elderly or disabled individuals to live alone and have the security of knowing that help is only a phone call, or push of a button, away.
The celebration included messages of hope and prayer shared by Director of Senior Services Tricia Weisnicht and Chaplain Dennis Richards, and special seasonal music provided by Beaver Dam High School SWAZZ.
Cornelius VanderVelden, Garner and Edwina Campnell, and Oscar Beale, who all passed away within the past year, were honored at the event. Family members spoke regarding how the hospice experience was important to each of the deceased as well as themselves.
Commander Floyd Henschel of American Legion Post 146 Honor Guard led a three-volley salute before the trees were lit.
Lights still may be purchased for the Tree of Lights through the end of the year. For more information, call 887-5988.