Ten-year-old Michael Patterson Jones, the first baby born in Crouse Hospital’s Kienzle Family Maternity Center when it opened a decade ago, will flip the switch to illuminate 3,000 lights on the Crouse clock tower for the Crouse Hospital Auxiliary’s twenty-second annual Lights of Love Campaign.
Proceeds from this year’s campaign will be used to remind the community that Crouse Hospital is central and northern New York’s largest provider of newborn services. Contributors are invited to attend the lighting ceremony and reception on Monday, Nov. 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Marley Education Center’s second floor lounge, 765 Irving Ave.
With more babies born at Crouse than anywhere else in the region, campaign proceeds have been allocated for some special needs in the hospital’s Kienzle Family Maternity Center, which is celebrating ten years of serving moms, babies, and families. A custom-designed birthing bed, blanket warmer and heated newborn scale will all be purchased to enhance the delivery and post-partum experience for Crouse’s newest moms and their babies.
Each light on the clock tower will glow in honor or memory of someone special as designated by donors. To purchase a light, call 315/470- 7571 or click on the “Lights of Love” button on the homepage of crouse.org. A listing of donors to Lights of Love will be on display in the Memorial Lobby of Crouse Hospital, and will be updated as donations are received throughout the holiday season.
Support for the 2009 Lights of Love Campaign comes from: Corporate Sponsor, Alliance Bank, NA, Corporate Patron, Bottar Leone, PLLC and Century Heating, and Corporate Friends, Crown Risk Management, Dannible and McKee, LLP, Intersurgical Incorporated, Lanier & Co., Kimberly, Charlie and Henry Boynton, Mark A. Paciorek, DDS, MS, PC, and Mohawk Global Logistics. In-kind design and production of the Lights of Love brochure was contributed by Eric Mower and Associates. Campaign co-chairpersons are Betty O’Connor, director of medical/surgical nursing at Crouse, and community volunteer Pam Ward of Fayetteville.
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 hospital gift shop, special events like Lights of Love, various drawings, book sales and membership dues.