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Lights of Hope at Waynesboro Hospital a way to honor loved ones

December 03, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The "Lights of Hope" lit Sunday at Waynesboro Hospital pay tribute to and represent the continuing work of the hospital auxiliary.

For 17 years, the auxiliary has sought individual sponsorship for the lights strung outside the hospital during the holidays.

Lights of Hope has raised $2,000 to $3,000 annually for the auxiliary in recent years, according to Elaine Sneeringer, auxiliary president.

"The Lights of Hope is an opportunity for people to remember loved ones who have passed away or to honor someone" still living, Sneeringer said.

Auxiliary members Audrey Eshleman and Mary Jane Collins first read the list of honorees, then the list with hundreds of memorials on Sunday afternoon.

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"Some of them are new this year, but some are back year after year," Eshleman said.

The two dozen people in attendance joined hands to sing "Silent Night" afterward.

Sneeringer said sponsorships, at $10 each, provide funding for the continuing work of the auxiliary, which currently is focusing on diagnostic services.

"Proceeds from this year's Lights of Hope campaign will go toward the purchase of equipment and to auxiliary services," said Ken Shur, vice president and chief operating officer of the hospital.

Shur described the lights as "recognition of those we've been privileged to know and love, past and present."

The lights' location changed this year to the evergreens on a concrete island in front of the hospital's main entrance. Lights previously were strung on a tree on the west side of that entrance.

"The other tree had gotten so large that we needed a bucket truck to light the lights on top, and that got cost- prohibitive," Sneeringer said.

The Shady Grove, Pa., plant of Manitowoc Crane Group sponsored the star on top of the tree in memory of J. Martin Benchoff, the first sales manager and one-time president of Grove Manufacturing Co.

"It's always good, I say, to take time this busy time of year to remember those who have touched our lives or are still touching our lives," Sneeringer said.

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