FRANKLIN — Members of the Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary held the 32nd Lights of Memory celebration at FRH on Sunday, December 4, bringing together community members and hospital employees for a very heartfelt evening.
The event, which is also an annual fundraiser for the group (for a $3 donation the name of a loved one is read), included a short ceremony, the reading of names, holiday music and refreshments.
Auxiliary members also took the opportunity to reflect on the group's many accomplishments in 2016.
The inaugural Mom Prom was held in April at Mojalaki Golf Club in Franklin. 120 women from several surrounding towns attended the prom, all dressed up in an array of formal wear and gowns. The evening featured dinner, dancing, raffles, and contests (including Prom Queen!). A fabulous time was had by all and the event raised $2,400 for the Franklin Regional Hospital Emergency Department Crisis Closet. Members are already making plans for the April 22, 2017 Mom Prom, to be held at Steele Hill Resort.
The Gift Shop at Franklin Regional Hospital continues to thrive as volunteers stock its shelves every month with new and unique gifts. The shop offers everything from flowers and cards to beautiful jewelry and gifts for every occasion. Each purchase supports important initiatives at Franklin Regional Hospital, ultimately benefitting patients and staff.
Each year the Auxiliary supports community initiatives through events such as the Red Dress Gala, the Tanger Fit for a Cure 5K, the LRGHealthcare Golf Classic and Senior Safety Day. The group holds a Christmas in July sale to supplement support of these important events and programs.
In addition, in 2016 members of the Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary donated nearly 200 hand-made pillowcases and lap blankets to children and adults alike that come to Franklin Regional Hospital for medical care. These volunteers held bake sales throughout the year to raise funds to supplement the purchase of fabric.
Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary members and community members recently celebrated the 32nd Lights of Memory. From left are FRH Auxiliary Director/Scholarship Chairman Pam Hannan; Director/Lights of Memory Co-chairman Carolyn Morrill; Director/Gift Shop Committee member Leanne Hamilton; Director/LOM Co-chairman and Pillow Case Chairman Cynthia Langevin; FRH Auxiliary President/Gift Shop Manager Christine Dzujna; and LRGHealthcare President and CEO Kevin Donovan. (Courtesy photo)