For over 35 holiday seasons, the response from individuals, organizations, clubs and businesses has made the Fort Memorial Hospital Partners Love Light Tree project 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.
The Love Light Tree was started in 1985. It is heart-felt way to acknowledge loved ones who are still living or those that have passed away. By charging a small fee of $2.00 per light, the Love Light Tree has been raising money to purchase new equipment, education, and services for Fort Memorial Hospital in Fort Atkinson. Funds raised during the 2020 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 system allowing subscribers to get emergency help 24/7 at the press of a button. The system gives peace of mind to both the subscriber and their family. Additionally, funds will be used to support several healthcare scholarships for students and healthcare professionals in the area.
A Love Light is a perfect gift, giving you the opportunity to tell someone that they are special while still helping others in your community as well. A donation of $2.00 or more will add a light to one of the trees on the Fort Memorial Hospital grounds during the holiday season, either as a gift to honor someone (colored light), or as a memorial (white light) for someone you care for. Special pledge cards are available upon request so you may notify a person (or a family) that you have purchased a light in their honor. A donation of $25.00 or more will designate you as a Love Light Tree sponsor.
Love Lights can be purchased online (with a minimum of a $5 donation required), which will automatically get you two lights. Love Lights can also be purchased in person from the Partners Gift Shop, during regular business hours, in the main lobby of Fort Memorial Hospital, or by mail.
Please specify whether your donation is a gift (colored light) or a memorial (white light). Also, please indicate the names and home cities of the individuals for whom you are purchasing a Love Light.
To donate by mail, download and complete this order form. Then be sure to include the name(s) of who you would like to honor with your Love Lights donation, and mail all information along with payment to:
Gifts may be mailed to:
Fort Memorial Hospital – Love Lights
(or dropped off at the Partners Gift Shop at the hospital)
611 Sherman Ave. East
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-1998
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 published listings, donations must be received by December 14th.
We are always grateful for your kind generosity and thank you for your contributions.
The Love Lights Tree Committee
Fort HealthCare Volunteer Services office: (920) 568-5276.
The campaign is celebrated with a tree lighting ceremony that will be held on Tuesday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m. on the Sherman Avenue lawn in front of Fort Memorial Hospital in Fort Atkinson. Due to social distancing measures that must remain in place, attendance to visitors is limited to those that can watch the ceremony from their cars, listen to it live on WFAW-AM radio, or watch it via Facebook LIVE from any location.
The Partners have sponsored a Scholarship program every year since 1953. Each year in the 1950s through the 1970s, two or three $500 scholarships were awarded to students going into the nursing field. Today, Partners gives $10,000 in scholarship awards to students who are pursuing or advancing their career in most any health care field.
With the ever-growing concern for older people living alone, the Partners started another service to help. In 1984, the CareLine Medical Alarm Service was started (formerly called LifeLine). At the one-year anniversary of this program, they had 23 subscribers using the service. Over the years, the equipment has gotten smaller, and now provides advanced technology such as GPS and fall detection. The program has also gotten bigger, now serving approximately 250 people that have the CareLine system.
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. Several important roles fulfilled by volunteers add a tremendous amount of value to Fort HealthCare’s services and directly influence positive patient and guest experiences.