By Tia Lynn Ivey
Morgan Medical Center hosted its annual premier fundraiser this holiday season last week—bringing in $22,000 and counting thus far for the needs of the hospital. The 2020 Love Light Tree is up in the lobby of the hospital adorned with ornaments honoring donors’ loved ones. Every year, the Morgan Medical Auxiliary invites the community to purchase an ornament in honor of a loved one. The community is also invited to attend “A Night of Lights” which will be a “drive-through” celebration held on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. Attendees can drive up to the Morgan Medical Center grounds and enjoy holiday musical performances and eat cookies served by auxiliary members.
“The Night of Lights and Love Light Tree celebration was a huge success! “ said Megan Morris, director of communications and public relations for Morgan Medical Center. “ This past year has been such a challenging one for everyone. We were blessed to be able to still host an event that would bring joy and holiday spirit to our community through honoring and remembering our friends and family. We tried a new format this year as this traditional cocktail reception would not allow for appropriate social distancing or infection control measures. The comments we’ve heard have been nothing but positive! Trees lining the front lawn were festively lit and donors and their honorees were able to drive through to experience the lights while listening to holiday music and getting sweet treats to take home and enjoy.”
Morris thanked all the people who made the event possible.
“We are so grateful to the many people who made the event possible! The MCMS Jazz Band and MCMS Chorus students provided the music under the direction of Carisa Elam and Karisa Seymour. The MCHS JROTC cadets helped string lights on the trees,” said Morris. “Our auxiliary members worked tirelessly to solicit sponsors and tree donors and keep the event running smoothly. And our community stepped up in a big way in their continued support of our hospital through financial contributions and coming out on the evening of the event. We are still receiving donations, but over $22,000 has come in already! While I don’t have a count on the number of attendees, there were multiple times where the ‘car parade’ stretched all the way around the hospital!”
Morris noted how imperative this fundraiser was to the hospital since other fundraisers have been cancelled this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“Since our Auxiliary members were unable to host their largest annual fundraiser, Festival of Friends, in August, this year’s Love Light celebration was especially important,” said Morris. “Monies raised through the event will help us as we continue to improve patient care and expand the service offerings that we are able to provide locally.”
This year’s sponsors included: Georgia Civil, Inc., Jim Boyd & Associates, Longview Wealth Management, bdManagedIT, United Bank, Blasingame, Burch, Garrard and Ashley, P.C., Richard W. Schmidt, Attorney, Madison Car Care, MMC Administration Team, Morgan County Retired Educators, Mannington, Morgan Co. Farm Bureau, Rep. Dave Belton, AgSouth Farm Credit, Vitality Living Madison, Paschal Orthodontics, Billy Chiou, MD, Christopher Menke, DPM, Gary Walton, MD, Kay Argroves, CRNA, David Socoloff, DO, Joseph Poole, MD, David Fletcher, MD, Dan Zant, MD, Pamela Hall, MD, L. Ken Lewis, MD, and Rose Ann Weaver, MD.
Tree Donors included: Jack’s Creek Farm, Outdoor Specialty, Givens Landscaping, Mid-South Lumber Company, Wal-Mart –Madison, Home Depot –Greensboro, Berry’s Tree Farm, Morgan Outdoors.
“We are so grateful for our community members who continue to support this wonderful event year after year and our auxiliary members who devote their time and energy to make it such a success,” said Morris.