Celebration of Lights: RMH Auxiliary's annual event honors loved ones

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The Auxiliary of Robinson Memorial Hospital held its annual Celebration of Lights recently at the hospital in Ravenna.

Music was provided by the Southeast High School Choir, under the direction of Holly Wickersham.

Auxiliary co-presidents Karen Horky and Angie Reedy welcomed the group to the event.

The guest speaker was Stephen Colecchi, president and chief executive officer of the hospital.

Leading the lighted candle procession was Sandra Haskell, director of volunteer services and community relations.

The Rev. Dr. James Melick, the director of pastoral care and chaplain at Robinson, gave the invocation and led the reflective moment of silence.

Refreshments were provided in the Medical Arts Building with piano music provided by Chuck Eisele.

More than 1,300 lights illuminated the trees at the main entrance of the hospital. There were about 175 angels on the Tree of Angels in the main lobby. Each of the lights and angels was purchased by community members in honor or memory of loved ones through donations to the Auxiliary.

There were 35 Silver Trees and 17 Gold Trees along the Walk of Trees. These will be displayed through the holiday season.

The Auxiliary has raised nearly $275,000 in funds through the Celebration of Lights since 1987. These funds help support services provided by the hospital to the residents of Portage County and the surrounding communities. This year's proceeds will be used to fulfill the Auxiliary's commitment to the new Operating Room Family Waiting area.

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