“Lights and stars will brighten the sky and light up the front entrance of Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital,” announces Lorna Davis of Partners of Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. “The Season of Lights is an annual fund raiser sponsored by our organization to remember and honor loved ones. We invite the public to place a light on the Season of Lights tree, or a star on the Walk of Stars.”
The Tree Lighting Ceremony for the Season of Lights and Walk of Stars at PdC Memorial will be held on Friday, November 23, at 4:00 p.m. under the canopy at the front entrance of the hospital. The brief ceremony will include an inspirational message, a few musical selections and readings of the names on the Walk of Stars. It will include a tribute to this year’s tree top star honorees Jack Kluesner and Jessica Jacobson.
Jack Kluesner was an alderman on the Prairie du Chien City Council for many years and one of the initial directors of the United Way in Prairie du Chien. Jessica Jacobson was an RN at PDC Memorial Hospital at the time of her sudden death this past October. Her colleagues at the hospital say that will miss her smile, her laugh, her love of nursing and her love of life. Partners invite the community to attend.
Each light or star signifies a donation to Partners which is used to fund hospital equipment and projects. Mara Mary, Volunteer Coordinator, reminds area residents that there is plenty of time to remember a loved one through the Season of Lights. She says, “Tree lights and stars may be purchased through Christmas Eve as a memorial, in honor of a particular birthday or family anniversary, as a thank you gift, for a get-well wish or as a special gesture of friendship.” The names of all those honored and remembered will be displayed in the main entrance of the hospital during the holiday season.
Season of Lights information is available at the Hospital Reception Desk and at Prairie du Chien banks.