In honor of National Hospice & Palliative Care Month in November, Torrance Memorial Home Health & Hospice will host the 17th Annual
"Light Up a Life" tree lighting ceremony and fundraiser at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 11 at Torrance Memorial Medical Center's Health Conference Center.
During the holidays, grief over lost loved ones is often heightened. "Light Up a Life" provides a warm, intimate atmosphere to celebrate the lives of those loved through a healing and memorable ceremony. This year's event will have an English theme to honor the origins of the hospice movement and its introduction to the United States in 1963 when English physician, Dame Cicely Saunders, visited Yale to lecture on the importance of palliative care. The event will include a reading of those remembered, a performance of "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies" by the San Pedro City Ballet and music by the WS Quartet. English fare, including hors d'oeuvures and beverages will be served.
"Light Up a Life" is dedicated to remembering those who have graced our lives," said Terri Ferry, Administrator, Torrance Memorial Home Health & Hospice. "Each light celebrates the precious moments shared with beloved family and friends, and the ceremony reminds us to cherish such memories. It's also a valuable fundraising event to assist those lacking the resources for hospice care."
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the "Light Up a Life" tree will be displayed in the hospital's West Tower lobby, complete with scrolls inscribed with the names of those remembered. The tree will be displayed until December 30.
Individuals can illuminate a light on the hospice tree by making a donation of any amount. By contributing a gift of $100 or more, donors will receive a crystal star. Gifts of $500, $1000 and $2000 are recognized with leaf gifting levels of Bronze, Silver and Gold Leaves. Donations are tax deductible in accordance with IRS code section 170(f)(8).
Donations raised will assist those who cannot afford hospice care and will help to provide services when a patient's financial resources fall short. These services include medications, equipment and skilled nursing care, bereavement and spiritual counseling.
For more information or to make a "Light Up a Life" reservation or donation, please contact Torrance Memorial Home Health & Hospice at 310-517-4694 or go to www.TorranceMemorial.org.
About Torrance Memorial Medical Center
Founded in 1925 by Jared Sydney and Helena Childs Torrance, Torrance Memorial Medical Center is a locally governed, 401-bed, non-profit medical center established to provide quality healthcare services, predominantly to the residents of the South Bay, Peninsula and Harbor communities. Torrance Memorial seeks to offer the most current and effective medical technologies rendered in a compassionate, caring manner. For more information please visit: www.TorranceMemorial.org.