Source: The News-Enterprise
Hardin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s holiday fundraiser is underway.
Let Christmas Shine, the organization’s annual Christmas project, allows people to purchase lights to honor loved ones and, at the same time, help students who plan to enter the medical profession.
The holiday event raises money for the Auxiliary Scholarship Fund, said Kevin Hilton, director of volunteer services.
For more than 25 years, the fund has awarded scholarships to college students studying to enter a medical field who are residents or high school graduates from Hardin Memorial Health’s 10-county service area that covers Hardin, LaRue, Meade, Breckinridge, Grayson, Nelson, Hart, Bullitt, Green and Taylor counties.
Hilton said individuals, groups or businesses may purchase a gift of a light to shine on the hospital’s trees in memory or honor of someone they love, appreciate or admire.
A single light costs $3, a strand of lights costs $15, a shrub costs $35, a small tree costs $75 and a spotlight costs $100.
The Auxiliary is selling lights in the Gift Shop lobby area of the hospital from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 23. Forms also can be picked up in the lobby and returned by mail – postmarked by Nov. 23 – with a check to Let Christmas Shine, Hardin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, 913 N. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown, KY 42701.
Hilton said each honored person will receive a card acknowledging the gift from the sender with an invitation to the Let Christmas Shine tree lighting.
The lighting is at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Christmas music and refreshments are part of the program.
In addition, three times a year, the auxiliary hosts a $5 jewelry sale, which also act as benefits the scholarship fund. One of those sales is this week.
The sale begins at 7 a.m. today and runs through 2 p.m. Friday. All items, which include more than jewelry, are priced at $5.
Hilton said people can come to the sale, buy a few Christmas gifts and then stop in and purchase a light to honor a loved one or vice versa.
Area students interested in the HMH Auxiliary Scholarship have until April 1 to apply. Each applicant must be a current resident of the 10-county service area of HMH; provide a copy of a high school/college transcript with a minimum 3.0 GPA; be enrolled in at least nine semester college hours; provide a written recommendation from a teacher/instructor; provide a brief summary of why they are requesting this scholarship; and have intentions of entering or have already been accepted in a medical field of study at an accredited college or trade school.
The application is available at hmh.net or can be picked up at the offices of the director of volunteer services or the Gift Shop manager.