Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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ALMH's Light Up A Life campaign is a rich tradition

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[November 24, 2009]  The annual Light Up A Life campaign at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, now in its 21st year of honoring and paying tribute to loved ones, is under way.

This year, there are a few changes, including two handcrafted trees -- one in the lobby and one outside the hospital's main entrance.

"These trees signify a return to the event's original intent of publicly paying tribute to those who are most dear to us," says Marty Ahrends, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation, which hosts Light Up A Life. "We will take these trees with us when we move to our new hospital, creating a new tradition that has roots in traditions of the past."


Everyone who purchases a tribute gift will have it listed in the Lincoln Courier and online at Lincoln Daily News. They will also have an ornament created with their loved one's name on it, as well as their own. The ornaments will hang on a tree in the hospital lobby and throughout the Lincoln Room just inside the main entrance.

The suggested donation amount is $10 per name, with proceeds to benefit patient care at ALMH. Gifts may be designated to purchase medical equipment at ALMH, fund scholarships for future ALMH health care providers, support operations of the HOPE Mobile or provide unrestricted support for future ALMH needs.

Each person honored or remembered is represented by a white light on the trees and bushes in front of ALMH. Those lights will first be turned on at a brief outdoor ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1, and they will remain on throughout the holiday season as a reminder of those most dear to us. After the ceremony, attendees are invited inside the hospital for a bowl of chicken noodle soup or chili.

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Names will be listed at www.lincolndailynews.com beginning Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Dec. 23. Each name will be published once on the Wednesday of the week after the donation is received.

Light Up A Life is a program of the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation, a not-for-profit entity organized in 1986 to raise funds for Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

Donors may send Light Up A Life gifts to ALHF at 315 Eighth St. in Lincoln or drop them off at ALMH. Giving forms are available at the hospital information desk.

More information about the Light Up A Life campaign, including a link to a secure online giving form, is available at www.almh.org.

[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital]


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