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Blount Memorial Foundation celebrates lighting of Holiday Tree

Hayden Bounds visits with Santa Claus during the Blount Memorial Foundation Holiday Tree of Lights event.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

Hayden Bounds visits with Santa Claus during the Blount Memorial Foundation Holiday Tree of Lights event.

A crowd of folks gathered at Blount Memorial Hospital on Nov. 30 to celebrate the holiday season with the annual lighting of the Blount Memorial Foundation Holiday Tree of Lights in the Blount Memorial Hospital 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. All proceeds from the Holiday Tree of Lights benefitted programs that provide medical support for the health care needs of the medically underserved and uninsured.

Folks enjoyed a variety of activities including photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, an appearance by Tennessee Tuxedo the Penguin and Snowflake the Polar Bear plus live holiday music and refreshments.

After the tree-lighting ceremony guests were invited to the hospital’s cafeteria to see the Blount Memorial Auxiliary’s Gingerbread Village. Hospital departments combined their competitive and holiday spirits to create a number of gingerbread houses for a competition and silent auction. Everyone voted for their favorite holiday house for $1 a vote. Winners of the silent auction took home sweet, edible holiday decorations. All money raised was to be donated through the Blount Memorial Foundation for hospital improvements and service expansion.

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