(Beaver Dam) Folks packed the Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam’s café Monday night for the 30th annual Tree of Lights program. The annual Tree of Lights celebration launched a campaign where people can buy a Christmas tree light for $7 apiece in honor or in memory of a loved one.
The trees are located outside the hospital in Beaver Dam, Hillside Manor, and Stone Terrace. Proceeds benefit the hospital’s Hospice and Lifeline programs. Hospice helps patients and families dealing with a terminal illness while Lifeline offers security to people living at home by providing emergency assistance with the push of a button. Three hospice families were honored at this year’s celebration. Two were former staff members of Beaver Dam hospice while another was the father of an office staff member.
Patti DeVries spoke on behalf of her late co-worker Kim Daniels who was a longtime CNA with Hillside Hospice.
Jenny Goss spoke about her late father Gerald Hampton. She says hospice was always there when they needed them.
Kayla Laper was last to speak, she honored her late co-worker Jana Mallon. She says working in hospice is a rewarding experience.
Anyone interested in purchasing a light should contact the hospital by the end of the month. Organizers are hoping to raise $30,000 during this year’s campaign to celebrate their 30th anniversary.