NGMC Invites the Community to the 2019 Love Light Tree Lighting Celebrations

Published on November 27, 2019

Northeast Georgia Medical Center's (NGMC) annual Love Light Tree Lighting Celebrations are right around the corner, and you can attend at four locations this year, including Dahlonega:

NGMC Gainesville – 40th Annual Love Light Tree Lighting Celebration
Monday, December 2
7 p.m.
Auxiliary Love Light Garden (near the entrance to the North Patient Tower)
Community Hosts: Dr. Anup and Kathy Lahiry

NGMC Lumpkin – Inaugural Love Light Tree Lighting Celebration
Tuesday, December 3
7 p.m.
Hancock Park – Downtown Dahlonega
Community Host: Dr. Donna Whitfield

NGMC Braselton – 5th Annual Love Light Tree Lighting Celebration
Thursday, December 5
7 p.m.
Auxiliary Love Light Garden
Community Hosts: Dr. Mike and Leigh Anne Day

NGMC Barrow – 3rd Annual Love Light Tree Lighting Celebration
Monday, December 9
7 p.m.
NGMC Barrow Front Entrance
Community Host: Rev. Calvin Haney

In case of inclement weather, the celebrations will be in held in NGMC Gainesville's North Patient Tower rotunda, NGMC Braselton's main entrance rotunda, NGMC Barrow's front lobby and under a tent at Hancock Park.

The annual Love Light Celebrations are presented by the Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) Auxiliary led by Auxiliary President Ellen Toms. This year, NGMC Gainesville is celebrating its 40th annual celebration which began with Anne Thomas as the founding chair in 1979.

One-hundred percent of Love Light donations benefit Hospice of NGMC to help ensure those nearing end-of-life may receive complementary services that allow them to live as fully and comfortably as possible. Donations made during the holiday season on behalf of someone will be followed by a card notifying that person or their family of the gift. Hospice team members will be available to speak with community members at the lighting celebrations.

To make a donation or learn more about Love Light, please visit or call the NGHS Auxiliary at 770-219-1830.

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In late January, NGHS created a Coronavirus Task Force including leaders from across the system to begin preparing for the possibility that our facilities and staff may see patients with COVID-19.

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