The evening of Nov. 27 was time of celebration as the community gathered at the Blount Memorial Foundation Holiday Tree of Lights to honor cancer survivors and remember those who have died.
The evening’s festivities included music by Robert Anderson and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There were also giveaways and the hospital’s new gingerbread lady “Ginger” made an appearance.
Cancer survivor and former Blount Memorial Hospital employee Michele Harrill and her son Colton served as ceremonial tree lighters. The Holiday Tree of Lights was sponsored by the Blount Memorial Foundation and took place in the hospital’s Garden of Life. Each light on the tree was donated by a community member in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one.
Blount Memorial Hospital administrator Joe Dawson welcomed guests. Giving the invocation and introductions were Julia Pearce, director of the Good Samaritan Clinic. The Rev. Jerry Scott gave the benediction at the end of the event.
The tree was illuminated through donations with white lights for $10 each, green lights at $25 a piece, red lights for $50 each and star lights at $100 a piece. The proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Clinic and other Blount Memorial Hospital Foundation projects.
Opened as part of the hospital’s fiftieth anniversary celebration, the Good Samaritan Clinic is accredited and serves the health care needs of the medically underserved and uninsured in Blount County. With an average of 1,400 monthly visits, patients benefit from primary medical care, disease-preventing exams and immunizations; gynecological and laboratory services; orthopedic exams, consultations and minor surgical procedures.