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Lights of Hope illuminated in memory, thanksgiving

December 04, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital's auxiliary illuminated a tree Sunday afternoon during its annual Lights of Hope ceremony.
By Jennifer Fitch/Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Waynesboro Hospital’s auxiliary recognized parents, sons, spouses, daughters, doctors, grandparents and patients during its annual Lights of Hope ceremony on Sunday.

The auxiliary illuminated a tree in front of the hospital after reading 175 names submitted by donors.

The auxiliary invites community members to submit at least $10 to name a light in memory of a deceased loved one or in honor of someone living. The fundraiser benefits the auxiliary’s work, which focuses on patient care.

“Each year, the Lights of Hope shine brightly in the community in recognition of those we’ve been privileged to know,” said Ken Shur, vice president and chief operating officer of Waynesboro Hospital.

The auxiliary provides “remarkable support,” such as the $62,000 it spent on equipment and items in the past year, Shur said.

“The hospital auxiliary’s work is an important part in maintaining the high-quality, complete care our neighbors deserve,” he said.

Auxiliary members Barbara Gaydick and Frances Miller read 2011’s names before turning on the tree’s lights.
South Mountain, Pa., resident Mary Ellen Selvaggio brought her neighbor, Dick Boyer, to the ceremony. Selvaggio purchased lights for Dick’s wife, Mary Jane Boyer, and his recently deceased friend, Nick Miller.

“It was just something important, I think, to do from my heart,” Selvaggio said.

Mary Black’s mother, Mary McCoy of Rouzerville, Pa., died in March at age 91. McCoy was a member of the auxiliary, and Black has joined the auxiliary.

Black, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., donated to Lights of Hope in her mother’s memory.

“They do wonderful things for the hospital. ... It’s a very good organization,” Black said.

Auxiliary members Eunice Statler, Elaine Sneeringer and Gaydick organized this year’s Lights of Hope campaign. The tree’s star was sponsored by the estate of Betty Thompson, who was an auxiliary life member.

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