The Auxiliary of Brooks Memorial Hospital held its annual Tree of Lights Tree Lighting ceremony Friday evening.
Christmas carols were sung by a group of local singers led by Sam Mancuso of Dunkirk. The group sang "Silent Night" as the live rooftop tree was illuminated. After the lighting the group proceeded throughout the hospital caroling to patients and staff. Refreshments were served to complete the festive celebration.
The tree, which was donated by Toot's Farm of Forestville and will remain illuminated throughout the holiday season, is lit with gold, white, and red lights that are purchased in honor or in memory of a loved one or a friend. Gold lights are in tribute to those who are still living; white lights honor the memories of loved ones, and red lights at the top of the tree represent gifts in honor or in memory of family or friends. A donation of $10 per individual name will purchase either a gold or white light. A red light for the "Circle of Lights" at the top of the tree is $50 per individual name.
Carolers and others participate in the Brooks Memorial Hospital lighting of the tree on Friday.
This is the 20th year for the Tree of Lights. Names of all Honorees are displayed on a Scroll of Honor which will be on display in the main lobby of the hospital through Jan. 11. All the proceeds raised by this community-wide non-denominational remembrance project assist the auxiliary in its continued support of Brooks Memorial Hospital, the community provider of quality healthcare.
Donations, which will be accepted through Jan. 11, 2013, are tax-deductible as provided by law. To make a donation, contact Joanna at 366-2973. Donations may also be mailed to The Auxiliary of Brooks Memorial Hospital, Tree of Lights, 529 Central Ave., Dunkirk, NY 14048.