Loved ones remembered during Lights of Hope ceremony

December 07, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - When Cherie LeBard made introductions at the 18th annual "Lights of Hope" ceremony, she talked about how many people use the holidays to gather for parties and celebrations. Others, she said, gather for more somber occasions as they mourn a loved one.

"What we share this evening is that we gathered together to honor someone who made an impact on our lives or to remember someone with love and affection," LeBard said.

Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary members then stood before a hushed crowd and methodically read 150 names in tribute.

Community members were invited to pay tribute to someone for a $10 donation to the auxiliary's services. The names were recorded in an album, read aloud in the hospital outpatient lobby and symbolically tied to the lighting of an evergreen outside.

"I've done it every year. I think it's a wonderful thing to remember," said Adele Lombard of Waynesboro.


The hospital's vice president and chief operating officer, Ken Shur, addressed attendees and thanked them for their support of the auxiliary. Donations will primarily be used for equipment purchases.

"This time of the year, those we love, and those we loved and lost come to mind," Shur said.

"We are here together, and they are here with us in our hearts," said LeBard, auxiliary president.

Carolyn Eddy of Waynesboro made donations in tribute to eight people this year.

"I used to come to this with my parents," she said.

LeBard said the auxiliary hopes to find a sponsor willing to pay for the lights, treetop star and electricity in 2009.

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