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.
Proceeds from this year’s Lights of Love campaign will be used toward the renovation and expansion of the Breast Health Center at Crouse Hospital, continuing the Auxiliary’s long tradition of support for this important program. The Breast Health Center currently performs close to 10,000 mammograms and 600 core biopsies each year. To accommodate growing patient volume and care for patients in optimum surroundings, Crouse has plans to expand the total square footage of the Breast Health Center, adding space to extend the waiting room and registration areas. The expansion will also include more private and comfortable changing rooms, a dedicated room for clinical breast exams and teaching, along with an improved reading room with private consultation space for radiologists and certified nurse navigators, to create a much more comfortable and personal environment.
Contributors are invited to attend the lighting ceremony and reception on Monday, Nov. 28 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. in the Marley Education Center’s second floor lounge, 765 Irving Ave. This year, Stephen Montgomery, MD, medical director of the Crouse Breast Health Center, will flip the symbolic switch to illuminate the lights on the clock tower. Joining him will be certified breast health navigators from the center — Margaret Bottino, RN,CCBE,CBPN-IC, Mary Butler, RN,CCBE,CBPN-IC and Laura Rose, RN,BSN,CCBE.
► TO PURCHASE A LIGHT, call 315/470-7530 or download the donation form and complete it now.
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.
2011 Lights of Love Campaign Support
Alliance Bank, NA
Alliance Bank, NA
Cathy J. Berry, MD, & Associates
Bottar Leone, PLLC
Crouse Radiology Associates
Dannible and McKee, LLP
Kimberly, Charlie and Henry Boynton
Mark Paciorek, DDS, MS, PC
Mohawk Global Logistics
William G. Pomeroy Foundation.
In-kind design and production of the Lights of Love brochure was contributed by Eric Mower and Associates, with billboard support from Lamar Outdoor.
Campaign co-chairs are Pam Ward of Fayetteville and Audrey Suehs of Jamesville. Committee members are Kimberly Boynton; Carolyn Spalding; Nancy Cahill and Sue Steiner.
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.