Peppi’s House labyrinth area adorned with twinkling “LoveLights”

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The crowd counted down – “5…4…3…2…1!” And with that, the TMC Hospice LoveLights tree was illuminated – a breathtaking moment in which thousands of twinkle lights glistened on a brisk evening outside Peppi’s House, just south of the labyrinth. For some, the lighting of the LoveLights tree symbolizes an official start to the holiday season.

The event is put on each year by the TMC Auxiliary as a benefit for TMC Hospice. The Auxiliary raises money by selling “lights” on the LoveLight Tree that represent loved ones who have passed away and are being memorialized, or as a way to honor those who are still living.  The tree also showcases gold lights in honor of veterans and those serving in the military.

At the annual event, hundreds gathered around dusk while they enjoyed delicious food, raffle prizes and great company.

The money raised – nearly $5,000 – goes to the emergency fund at TMC Hospice. This money is used for all sorts of things, like funerals for families who can’t afford to bury their loved ones, plane tickets for family members who can’t afford to come to Tucson to say goodbye, even things like utility bills and groceries for families who otherwise can’t afford it when they’re going through such a sorrowful time.

Special thanks to TMC Auxiliary Vice President Jon Schwindt for organizing this year’s event. “This event has a lot of history behind it – it’s been going on for many years – and it was an honor to coordinate it this year,” said Schwindt. “Peppi’s House is a beautiful place many people feel connected to. In talking with folks at the event, I was moved by what the LoveLights event means to them. I met people who came because their mom or dad passed away at Peppi’s and they wanted to give back for the care they received. For some families, the event is an annual tradition to honor a loved one who has passed. I even met a man who purchased some LoveLights for some servicemen who passed away. These are people who made a point to attend and support TMC Hospice. And the TMC Auxiliary is so grateful.”

The tree is located at Peppi’s House, on the northwest end of the TMC Campus, 2715 N. Wyatt.

It will be shining brightly until the New Year.

LoveLights twinkling brightly outside Peppi’s House

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For some, the holiday season has officially arrived again, now that the LoveLight Tree has been illuminated outside Peppi’s House on the TMC campus.  The symbolic tree-lighting event is put on each year by the TMC Auxiliary as a benefit for TMC Hospice.

The Auxiliary raises money by selling “lights” on the LoveLight Tree that represent loved ones who have passed away and are being memorialized, or as a way to honor those who are still living.  Recently the tree has added gold lights, in honor of veterans and those serving in the military.

At the LoveLights tree-lighting party, more than 150 people gathered to visit outside Peppi’s House on a crisp evening while the sound of soft music played in the background.  Just after dusk – the moment everyone was waiting for as the crowd counted down from 10.  Suddenly the tree lit up while the crowd applauded.  Red, green, white, blue and gold lights glistened on the tree that was circled with beautiful poinsettias, and adorned with a giant heart.

The money raised during the sale of LoveLights and the event is still being tallied, but will all go to the emergency fund at TMC Hospice.  “This money is used for all sorts of things, like funerals for families who can’t afford to bury their loved ones, plane tickets for family members who can’t afford to come to Tucson and say goodbye, even things like utility bills and groceries for families who otherwise can’t afford it when they’re going through such a sorrowful time,” said Kelly Oursler, RN, TMC Hospice Manager.

Special thanks to TMC Auxiliary Vice President Lewis Jones for organizing this year’s event.

If you’d like to drive by and see the tree, it’s located at Peppi’s House, on the northwest end of the TMC Campus, 2715 N. Wyatt.

The LoveLights Tree will be up until the New Year.


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