For 31 years, the Fort HealthCare Partners Love Lights Tree project has been a successful annual event, exemplifying the spirit of giving. Each year, the Fort HealthCare Partners select a project at Fort Memorial Hospital to support through the sale of Love Lights, and celebrate with a special community event. All are invited to attend.

This year’s celebration will be held on Thursday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m. on the Fort Memorial Hospital grounds, near the Sherman Avenue entrance. At the tree lighting ceremony, a seasonal message will be provided by Craig Wilke, who was born at Fort HealthCare and is a student at the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. Special music will be provided by the St. Joseph’s Catholic Youth Choir, directed by Denise Hohf of Fort Atkinson. Following the tree lighting ceremony, attendees are welcome to gather in the hospital’s Steel Away Café for complimentary refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus. There is no cost to attend the event.

If you would like to contribute to the Love Lights campaign, there is still time to do so. By donating $2 or more, a Love Light on a tree outside the hospital can be purchased as a gift to honor or remember a loved one. Colored lights are intended to honor someone special, while white lights serve as memorials for loved ones who have 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 be purchased online (with a minimum of a $5 donation required). An online purchase will also generate a personalized certificate that can be shared with loved ones to notify them of your Love Lights donation.

Love Lights can also be purchased in person from any of the locations where Partners members will be selling Love Lights, or in the Partners Gift Shop/main lobby of Fort Memorial Hospital during normal business hours.

Love Lights can also be ordered by mail; order forms can be found online at FortHealthCare.com/LoveLights. Send a check to Love Lights, Fort HealthCare Partners, 611 Sherman Avenue East, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538. Please specify a colored (honor) or white (memorial) light and include the name(s) and address of the person(s) being honored or the family of the individual being remembered.

Donations of $25 or more are recognized as Love Light Tree sponsors. All donations and sponsors will be acknowledged in December. To ensure recognition as a sponsor in this year’s listings, donations must be received by December 8th.

For more information or to arrange a donation, please visit FortHealthCare.com/LoveLights or contact the Fort HealthCare Volunteer Services office at (920) 568-5276.