‘Festival of Lights’ Set for Nov. 21
October 15, 2009
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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Public Relations Coordinator
Phone: (973) 579-8699
Fax: (973) 383-5374
NEWTON – Join Newton Memorial Hospital on Nov. 21 for the annual Festival of Lights event which signals the unofficial kickoff of the holiday season and also raises funds for a good cause, enhancing the birth experience for the community’s expectant parents.
Thousands of holiday lights will adorn the rows of evergreen trees that line Newton Memorial Hospital’s south entrance and will be illuminated that evening in what is known as one of the warmest holiday traditions in the community.
Each twinkling light represents a loved one and, cumulatively, the lights help to beautify the hospital’s idyllic campus during the holiday season.
Former Newton Memorial Hospital Foundation Trustee C. Edward McCracken began the tradition 18 years ago as a way to brighten the holidays for patients and their families during time spent at the hospital. It began as a relatively small event and has grown to a major local fundraiser that helps raise thousands of dollars, which the Foundation uses to enhance services at the hospital.
Made possible by Smith-McCracken & Wood Funeral Homes and the Hazan Family, Festival of Lights offers opportunities to remember a loved one with a donation to light an entire tree or contribute a single string of lights. The traditional lighting ceremony will be preceded by a reception, and followed by a spectacular firework’s display sponsored this year by EmCare and the Emergency Room Physicians at Newton Memorial Hospital.
All proceeds will go to benefit the hospital’s Maternity Department, which has undergone extensive renovations over the last 12 months, including new floors, televisions, bedding, sleeping arrangements for fathers and a softer, warmer color palette throughout the unit.
Other sponsors include: Fountain Sponsors, Farmside Landscape & Designs, RoNetco Supermarkets, Inc., Ken & Ann Kievit; Illuminator Sponsors, Grant Facility Management, R. Poust Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Duct Cleaning; Douglas Fir Sponsor, Nisivoccia & Company LLP.
Contributor’s names will be recorded in a Festival of Light’s Tribute Book and on a Recognition Board inside the hospital’s Main Entrance.
The event is free and open to the public. To purchase lights, please call the Foundation office at (973) 579-8309.
WHAT: 18th Annual C. Edward McCracken Festival of Lights
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 21, at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Newton Memorial Hospital Lobby, 175 High Street, Newton
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please call the Newton Memorial Hospital Foundation at (973) 579-8309.