Twenty-eight years ago during the holiday season, the Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital began lighting the large evergreen tree outside the main entrance to honor loved ones and significant people who have touched lives. The tradition is continuing this year with the annual Tree of Lights ceremony on Monday, December 5 at 4:30 p.m. The community is invited to participate and attend this time-honored tradition.
A brief ceremony will take place at Emerson Hospital in the Cheney Conference Room, off of the main hallway of the hospital. The Holy Family Parish Handbell Choir of Concord will provide festive holiday music along with vocal soloist, Jianna Voghel, a resident of Concord who is a high school student at the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston. Following the ceremony, attendees will take a brief walk outside for the tree lighting.
The public is invited to donate a light on the tree in honor or in memory of a loved one, or to commemorate a special event, such as the birth of a baby, an anniversary, or other life milestone. All donations will directly benefit babies born at Emerson Hospital’s Clough Birthing Center, which the Auxiliary chose as a meaningful way to symbolize the holiday season of joy and hope. Those who are honored and those who donate are recognized in the Auxiliary’s Tree of Lights Tribute Book which will be on display in Emerson Hospital’s chapel throughout the holiday season. Donors may sponsor a light that will be displayed on the tree for $20.00. Please contact The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital at 978-287-3019 with questions or visit www.emersonhospital.org/treeoflights. Free parking will be provided for those attending. Refreshments will be served at the event. The evergreen tree is illuminated with white lights every night throughout the holiday season.
This season’s Tree of Lights is chaired by Deborah Van Walsum of Carlisle. The Auxiliary wishes to thank the generous sponsors of the event: CareOne at Concord, Dee Funeral Home and McWalter Volunteer Insurance Agency.
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The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital supports Emerson through increased community awareness, health-related education, and fundraising initiatives. Over the past decade, the Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts have raised more than $3 million for hospital equipment, facilities, and services. For more information about the Auxiliary, email EmersonAuxiliary@gmail.com, or visit www.EmersonHospital.org
Emerson Hospital is a multi-site health system headquartered in Concord, Mass., with additional facilities in Sudbury, Groton and Westford. The 179-bed hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 individuals in 25 towns. To learn more, visit www.emersonhospital.org.