20th annual Trees of Love and Thanksgiving lighting ceremony illuminate Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Hampshire County

Sunday marked 20 years of honoring loved ones at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

The Trees of Love and Thanksgiving lighting ceremony brought more than two dozen people together to honor and memorialize loved ones with light at the event’s 20th year.

Every year, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, community members come together to honor a loved one’s memory.

Gail Stahlberg, the co-chair of Trees of Love and Thanksgiving, told 22News, “As you walk through the healing garden, you can see how beautiful it is and you can think of a light in that tree as specifically for someone you are endeared to.”

More than 300 donors have made a commitment to this year’s fundraising initiative naming as many as 700 honorees.

Joanne Marqusee, the President/CEO of Cooley Dickinson Hospital added, “I think it’s one of many ways that we try to really be more than a health care provider you come to when your sick and we’re so fortunate to have the Friends of Cooley Dickinson, who organize this every year.” 

As we approach Thanksgiving, a time of sharing and remembering, the Trees of Love and Thanksgiving project celebrates 20 years of honoring loved ones. 

The lights illuminate the trees in Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Healing Garden, creating a warm holiday glow for all to enjoy.

 Shirley Hennessy, from Windsor, told 22News it’s nice to see the lights, “Just to see the lights when they’re lit, it’s a very warm feeling for everyone and the money raised always goes to a very good cause here within the hospital.”

In the past 20 years, the event has raised more than $300,000. This year’s fundraising goal is $15,000, donations can be made through December 31st.

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