Contact: Crossing Rivers Communications
Partners of Crossing Rivers Health invite the public to light up the front entrance of the medical center by supporting their annual fundraiser, The Season of Lights. Shawna Atterbury, Volunteer Services Coordinator, stated, “The Season of Lights honors and remembers loved ones with lights and stars during the holiday season. The tree lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, November 25, at 4:00 p.m. at the main entrance of Crossing Rivers Health, 37868 US Hwy 18, Prairie du Chien.”
The lighting ceremony includes a welcome from Jane O’Brien, President of Partners; a message from Bill Sexton, Chief Executive Officer; musical selections; inspirational message from Barb Cook, United Methodist; and a tribute to this year’s tree-top star honorees Fred and Barb Huebsch and Darlene Wolfgram.
Fred and Barb Huebsch of Prairie du Chien were the parents of three daughters: Janet Kluesner, Jane Page, and Jennifer McLimans. They were both involved in the community, and they were especially proud of their work with Crossing Rivers Health. Fred served on the hospital board for many years and was the first President of Crossing Rivers Health Foundation. Barb served on the hospital board as well, and she was a Partner of Crossing Rivers Health for 50 years.
Darlene La Pointe Wolfgram was a lifetime resident of Prairie du Chien and an active member of Partners of Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital/Crossing Rivers Health since 1974. She gave countless hours in every area of volunteering. Darlene served on the Partners Board from 1992 until 2005 and again from 2009 until her death in 2015. She served on various committees, held the office of Secretary for many years, and served as Volunteer Coordinator and as Western District Secretary.
Darlene was also a member of the United Methodist Church, Prairie du Chien Historical Society, and Women's Civic Club. She worked for the Prairie du Chien School District from 1959 as a library assistant and as the district secretary from 1963 until her retirement in 1991. She raised two daughters, Nancy and Susan, with her husband, Herm, and she adored her four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, who affectionately called her GG.
Shawna Atterbury reminds area residents, “Tree lights and stars may be purchased through Christmas Eve as a memorial, to honor a special birthday or anniversary, as a thank you gift, or as a unique gesture of friendship. Partners use the proceeds from the lighting program to fund hospital equipment and other projects.”
Season of Lights information is available in at the Concierge desk at the main entrance of Crossing Rivers Health and at most Prairie du Chien banks. To learn additional information on Partners and their projects to benefit the health and well-being of area communities, visit crossingrivers.org.