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Fort HealthCare Partners Launch 38th Annual Love Lights Campaign

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

For 38 years, the response from individuals, organizations, clubs, and businesses have made the Fort HealthCare Partners Love Lights Tree project a successful annual event, exemplifying the spirit of giving.

The Love Lights Tree project began in 1985. It is a heart-felt way to acknowledge loved ones and those who have passed away. By charging $2.00 per light, the Love Light Tree has been raising money to purchase new equipment, education, and services for the surrounding communities of Fort HealthCare.

A Love Light is the perfect way to tell someone they are special while helping members of your community. A donation of $2.00 or more will add a light to one of the trees outside the Fort Memorial Hospital throughout the holiday season. The light will be displayed either as a gift to honor someone (colored light), or as a memorial (white light) for a loved one that has passed away. Special cards are available, upon request, to notify the person or family of someone being remembered that a Love Light has been purchased in their honor.

Love Lights can also be ordered by mail; order forms can be found online at Online donations are also available on the website. A $5.00 minimum is required for online donations, which is automatically for two names. Honor cards can be emailed to families for online purchases to show that you’ve made a gift in their honor. Donations of $25 or more are recognized as Love Light Tree sponsors. To ensure you are properly recognized in this year’s sponsor and donor listings published in late December, Fort HealthCare Partners must receive your donations by December 12th.

Every year Love Lights raises money in ways that will enhance the well-being of our community. Funds raised during the 2022 Love Lights campaign will be used to help subsidize the cost of the CareLine service for those who cannot afford it. CareLine is a medical personal emergency response service that allows subscribers to get emergency help 24/7 at the press of a button. Funds will also be used to support several healthcare scholarships for students and professionals in the community.

Kari Behling, Fort HealthCare Volunteer Services Manager, states, “We would like to raise funds for our CareLine Program, because there are people in our community who have chronic health conditions who cannot afford this life-saving equipment and service. The funds will allow the Partners CareLine Program to provide FREE or reduced rates to qualifying clients. CareLine also allows individuals to remain in their homes and avoid losing their independence.”

Behling adds, “We also believe that providing scholarships to students and professionals seeking further education in healthcare is important because they are our future. Studies suggest that retiring baby boomers are causing a rise in the demand for jobs, including healthcare. We want to ensure that the people entering the healthcare field have resources available to pay for their education. Your contributions to these worthwhile projects will be greatly appreciated by the partners and the many local people who will benefit.”

Love Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Love Lights Tree lighting ceremony will take place on Tuesday, December 6th, at 6:30 p.m. on the Sherman Avenue lawn in front of Fort Memorial Hospital in Fort Atkinson.

As members of the Fort HealthCare Partners organization, Fort Memorial Hospital volunteers are an invaluable resource to the community and a vital part of any healthcare organization. Important roles filled by volunteers add a tremendous amount of value to Fort HealthCare’s services. Call 920-568-5276 or toll-free at 1-800-421-4677 ext. 5276 or visit to learn more. More information and donations for Love Lights Tree can be viewed at