November 29 – Loved ones will be remembered this holiday season as HSHS St. Mary’s lit their Christmas Star Wednesday night.
The 24-foot-tall star sits 132 feet in the air on top of the hospital. It was purchased with a donation from the late Dr. John “Rocky” White in 1998. The annual fundraising event put on by the hospital’s foundation, offers up the 700 lights for people to purchase to remember and honor loved ones this holiday season.
HSHS St. Mary’s Decatur Interim President and CEO E.J. Kuiper opened the Wednesday night ceremony, which included prayers and readings from Father Nick Husain and Sister Ritamary Brown. There was also holiday music from the First Christian Church Ensemble, and the reading of the names being dedicated on the star by Val Jordan, Matt Bennett, Julie Hovis and Jared Kennedy.
At the end of the ceremony in the lobby, those in the lobby were invited outside to watch, with the flip of a switch, HSHS St. Mary’s turned on the bright star and filled the night sky with light.
WSOY and NowDecatur.com broadcast the ceremony live. The full podcast of Wednesday night’s Ceremony can be found HERE