By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Managing Editor
Morgan Memorial Hospital’s (MMH) annual Love Light Fundraiser, organized by the MMH Auxillary, raked in a total of $11,100 last week, the most ever raised during the fundraiser’s history. In years prior, funds raised were between $6500-$8000, and last year’s Love Light raised a record-breaking $9700. MMH never expected to beat last year’s total. “This is an all-time record for us!” said Megan Morris, director of development and community relations for MMH. According to Morris, all of the money that the auxiliary raises will be used for equipment purchases at MMH. MMH has two primary fundraisers each year: Festival of Friends in August and Love Light in December. “2014 was a record year for the auxiliary as both Festival of Friends and Love Light exceeded anything we had reached in the past,” said Morris. “In 2014, the two events combined brought in over $53,000.” The Love Light fundraiser has become a favorite and meaningful tradition to the community. “The annual Love Light Tree celebration is a much anticipated event for many of our hospital supporters,” said Morris. “We start the campaign in November and give community members the opportunity to purchase lights in honor or memory of loved ones….friends, family members, pets, you name it, and we’ve probably seen it!” According to Morris, this year’s event featured a holiday reception at Heritage Hall that was recently decked out with festive decorations for Christmas. Donors, as well as their honorees, were invited to attend and enjoy the celebration. A “Blessing of the Tree” was provided by Rev. David Powers, Pastor at Madison Presbyterian Church. The names of all honorees were placed on a tree that was on display at the reception and continues to hang in the admission area of the hospital throughout December. “We also light a tree on the front lawn of the hospital throughout December in acknowledgement of those who have been recognized,” added Morris. “This year’s event was not only a record breaker in terms of funds raised, but also through attendance at the reception. We had a great turnout from the community and were truly blessed through all of the support that was shown.” Morris was grateful for the community support that is imperative to MMH’s ability to best serve the community. “Fundraisers such as the Love Light Tree are vital to the continued success of our local community hospital as they enable us to purchase medical equipment that we may not be able to acquire if relying on funds from operations alone. Having modern equipment is an essential part of providing the high quality care that our community members deserve. Some of our auxilians have stories to share where the equipment that they helped raise the money to purchase has been utilized in helping save the life of one of their family members,” explained Morris.