The holiday season is nearly upon us, signaling one of Central New York’s most glowing traditions, now in its 24th consecutive year: the Lights of Love campaign, presented by the Crouse Hospital Auxiliary.
Each of the 3,000 lights on the iconic Crouse clock tower will be illuminated, representing gifts — given in honor or in memory of someone — that will support the hospital’s ability to provide comprehensive medical services and programs for our community.
Each year proceeds benefit a different program or service of Crouse Hospital. For this 26th anniversary year, proceeds from our Lights of Love campaign will be used to recognize Crouse Hospital’s long history in women and infants care, as well as its position today as a leading provider of general and specialty surgical services.
More babies are born at Crouse Hospital's Kienzle Family Maternity Center than any other area hospital. Because of our extensive maternity volumes, birthing beds need to be replaced on a regular basis. In support of mothers and babies, proceeds from this year’s Lights of Love campaign will be used to acquire a new state-of-the-art birthing bed for the hospital’s Kienzle Family Maternity Center.
During labor and delivery, the safety of mom and baby is our highest priority. The bed being purchased is ergonomically designed to support the birthing process every step of the way. A special mattress for comfort and pressure redistribution, gas-assisted mechanisms for positioning and a battery backup for transports are just a few of the features that will allow this equipment to be used in a very busy environment with a great deal of ease.
Contributors are invited to attend the lighting ceremony and reception on Monday, Dec. 2, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. in the Marley Education Center’s second floor lounge, 765 Irving Ave.
A listing of Lights of Love donors will be on display in the Memorial lobby of Crouse Hospital, and will be updated as donations are received throughout the holiday season. Patrons for the 2013 are Tim Atseff and Peggy Ogden; Kimberly, Charlie & Henry Boynton; Friends and Family of Joan Good; Sue LeRoy and Betty O’Connor; Ron Stahl, MD, and Barbara Miller Stahl; and Melvin Stith. In-kind billboard support has come from Lamar Outdoor.
Campaign co-chairs are Sue LeRoy and Betty O'Connor. Committee members are Yvonne Atallah, Nancy Cahill, Carolyn Spaulding,
Sue Steiner and Audrey Suehs.
Since 1888, the Crouse Hospital Auxiliary has raised millions of dollars to help fund hospital equipment, programs and services as well as nursing scholarships. The group, which includes more than 500 community members, generates funds from sources such as the Auxiliary’s in-hospital and online gift shop, special events like Lights of Love, various drawings, book sales and membership dues.
► TO PURCHASE A LIGHT, call 315/470-7530 or download the donation form and complete it now.