Cole Foundation’s “Light Up A Life” Honors Loved Ones
COUDERSPORT, PA—The first “Light Up A Life” ceremony was a success Thursday evening at Cole Memorial Hospital. The event was held to honor and remember loved ones and to support the ongoing healthcare needs of Hospice and Patterson Cancer Care patients at Cole Memorial.
Prior to the lighting of a 60-foot tree located on the Coudersport campus, Patrice Levavasseur, executive director of the Cole Foundation welcomed over 50 attendees to the event which included an invocation by Reverend Tom Shatto; remarks from Bonnie Kratzer, director of Home Health & Hospice and Kari Karpinski, director of Community Outreach at Cole Memorial; and songs by the following members of a holiday choir: Jeff Wilcox, Teresa Wilcox, Janice Litzinger, Michelle Lazurek, Mike Knefley, Joyce Knefley, and Pam Sprouse. The tree lights were switched on by Michael and Tamika DeCarlo on behalf of their father Vito DeCarlo, Cole Memorial Hospice patient.
“We’re honored to be a part of tonight’s ceremony,” said Michael DeCarlo. “The Hospice staff did so much and was there for our family.”
Attendees also enjoyed a special candle-lighting as part of the celebration and refreshments after.
“We wish to thank everyone for their support and assistance with this first annual tree lighting celebration,” said Patrice Levavasseur. “The spirit of the season and the support of generous sponsors and donors are evident by the list of over 120 names of loved ones being honored and remembered.”
Local sponsors of the event include: David and Annette Buckler, June Buckler, Cole Memorial’s Cardiopulmonary Department, Cole Memorial’s Medical Staff, Dr. Terrance and Ami Foust, the Pitchford household, Darwin and Alanna Huck, Dr. Kalliopi Nestor, David and Sue Lush, Paul H. Rhodes, Patrick and Karen Larsen.
Gifts to “Light Up A Life” can be made at www.charlescolehospital.com or call the Cole Foundation at 814-274-5520.