A symbolic tree-lighting event marks the approach of the holiday season each year at Tucson Medical Center – the illumination of the LoveLight Tree to benefit TMC Hospice.
The first LoveLight event took place in 1989, with a gathering at dusk outside the historic Erickson Building, followed by a holiday reception. The event has been held at various locations, but in recent years the LoveLight ceremony has settled at Peppi’s House, the home of TMC Hospice since 2007.
Each year the glowing lights on the LoveLight Tree represent loved ones, either as memorials or honoring those still living. Recently the tree has added gold lights, in honor of veterans and those serving in the military.
To support TMC Hospice, donors dedicate the lights for $5 each, or three for $10. The TMC Auxiliary handles the fundraiser each year, and can sell the lights at the TMC Gift Shops, Cafeteria, or Auxiliary Office, 324-5355.
The 2012 LoveLight ceremony will be Thursday, Nov. 15, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Peppi’s House, on the northwest end of the TMC campus, 2715 N. Wyatt. The special observances and tree illumination help provide a warm glow to launch the holiday season.