On December 6th the FMH Auxiliary illuminated large evergreen trees on
the hospital grounds with beautifully festive lights for the 26th year
in a row; in recognition and celebration of the Tree of Lights ceremony.
Beginning in 1990, the Tree of Lights Campaign has served as a remembrance
project that enables families, friends and community members to express
their appreciation or pay tribute to someone special. With a donation,
individuals can purchase one of three types of lights that decorate the
three evergreen trees at the hospital park. White lights that twinkle
for the year can be purchased for a donation of $5; while gold lights
representing “life lights” and are lighted annually, can be
purchased for a one-time donation of $100. Finally, red lights are lighted
annually and can be purchased for a one-time donation of $500.
All of the funds raised during the FMH Auxiliary’s 2016 Tree of Lights
Campaign will be donated to the
Monocacy Health Partners Dental Clinic. During this year’s ceremony Dr. Gerald Winnan, Vice Chairman of
Frederick Regional Health System Board of Directors, and Tom Kleinhanzl,
President & CEO of Frederick Memorial Hospital, both spoke of the
immediate need for access to dental care in the Frederick community for
adults who are uninsured or underinsured, as well as the important role
the Dental Clinic plays in the overall health of the Frederick population.
Melinda Hite, Practice Manager of the Monocacy Health Partners Dental
Clinic, was excited to announce that the dental clinic has served over
400 patients this year, some of whom haven’t had the opportunity
to see a dentist in decades.
All in attendance were welcomed by Joe Collins, FMH Auxiliary President,
and Sharon Hannaby, FMH Director of Volunteer Services. John and Darlene
Aulls, Chairs of the Tree of Lights Committee, presented Melinda Hite
and Frederick County Oral Surgeon Dr. Vincent DiFabio with a check to
fund the purchase of new equipment for the dental clinic.
The FMH Auxiliary is one of the largest hospital auxiliaries in Maryland
with approximately 700 volunteers contributing annually more than 83,000
hours of service through a wide variety of services for the Frederick
Regional Health System. The FMH Auxiliary also operates the hospital gift
shop and the Select Seconds Thrift Store on East Patrick Street in downtown
Frederick. To learn more about the FMH Auxiliary, visit
FMH Auxiliary Tree of Light Ceremony - Photo Gallery