A tree-lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca launched the annual Lights of Love campaign
Sponsored by the RMC Auxiliary, this year’s campaign is raising funds to purchase a stained glass window for a soon-to-be-established chapel and meditation room at the hospital.
The auxiliary is selling ornaments to decorate the tree in the hospital’s lobby.
White dove ornaments are used to memorialize people who have passed on, and red cardinal ornaments are used to honor people who are still living, including those in the military.
Lights of Love brochures with order forms are available at RMC’s reception area, Office Outfitters, the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce and other local businesses.
When completing the form, indicate the names to be honored or memorialized and the amount of the donation.
The check should be made payable to A-RMC or Auxiliary of Riverside Medical Center.
People are asked to make a donation in an amount they deem appropriate for each person they want to honor or memorialize.
The form should be mailed to this year’s Lights of Love coordinator, Jeannie Lulloff, W4817 North Shore Drive, Waupaca, WI 54981
Bill Zimmerman, of Office Outfitters, is the honorary chairman of the Lights of Love campaign. Others on the committee include Andrea Crane, Joanne Fulcher, Jean Heniff and Edith DeHamer.
Lights of Love began in 1987, when Joyce Wiese, Lorraine Evanson and Hattie Jome decided they wanted to do something to honor or memorialize family members.
An evergreen had been planted at the corner of Main and Fulton streets in honor of Wiese’s husband, the late Judge Nathan Wiese. The tree was in the shadow of what had been his former courthouse office.
People donated money to include the names of their loved ones, and it became the first Lights of Love tree.
After several years, the program moved to the hospital.
Some of the projects purchased in the past through this Lights of Love include a fetal heart monitor, a bone density machine and scholarships for those going into health-care fields.