Published: 11/18/2016

Evangelical Auxiliary Hosts 29th Annual Lights of Love to Support Hospice of Evangelical

LEWISBURG- The Auxiliary to Evangelical Community Hospital will be hosting the 29th Annual Lights of Love Ceremony on Sunday, December 4 starting at 3:30 pm with refreshments, with the ceremony beginning at 4 pm in the Apple Conference Rooms at the rear of the Hospital’s O’Keefe Dining Room. Entertainment will be by the Buffalo Valley Singers and the event will conclude with an illumination of the outdoor lights at the memorial garden located just outside of the main entrance of the Hospital.

Lights of Love offers an opportunity to honor and remember family, friends, and loved ones by placing lights in the memorial garden, which will continue to shine throughout the month of December. New this year will be a Lights of Love spotlight that will shine brightly on the Hospital façade welcoming individuals to the garden. Each honoree will be recognized in a book located in the Degenstein Pavilion of the Hospital and a notification will be sent to honorees or their families telling them of the special gift. All proceeds benefit Hospice of Evangelical, a service that provides care and support to terminally ill patients and their families.

The 2016 Lights of Love Honorary Chairperson for this year’s event is Sue Satteson, daughter of William and Betty Diggan, both past Hospice of Evangelical care recipients.

Hospice of Evangelical helped care for William Diggan in 2007 and for his wife, Betty, in 2014. Both William and Betty were fiercely independent, choosing to live life enjoying every moment. The children of William and Betty were always present and supportive. They ensured that their parents’ choices of how to live in the last stage of life were honored. Sue, will speak on the Diggans’ behalf during the program and light the memorial garden in honor of them and all other honorees.

“Events like this help us raise needed funds to have the full array of hospice services available when they are needed,” said Kay Holdren, Director of Hospice of Evangelical.

She continued, “Hospice of Evangelical has helped thousands of individuals in our community take that final journey in a safe and comforting environment, following their wishes while being surrounded by their loved ones.”

Individuals wishing to make monetary donations can do so through December 31, 2016.

To support Hospice of Evangelical through the 29th Annual Lights of Love Event illuminating the memorial garden, call the Evangelical Development Office at 570-522-2685.

Evangelical employs nearly 1,700 individuals and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients, and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming Counties.