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OMC's 26th Annual Lights of Life to help others

OMC’s 26th annual Lights of Life to help others

Campaign continues through the end of the year

The Ozarks Medical Center Lights of Life Christmas tree is now shining as a tribute in honor and memory of hundreds of individuals after the 26th annual community tree lighting ceremony on Dec 1.

The OMC Foundation Lights of Life campaign gives area residents an opportunity to honor and remember their loved ones by sponsoring a tree light for $10 or a tree ornament for $25. To date, the campaign has raised $5500 so far and donations will be accepted thru January 31. The tree and the list of those honored with lights on the tree will also be displayed through the end of the December. The list will be updated daily with new donations.

Funds raised during the Lights of Light campaign benefit several programs and services, including the OMC Foundation Endowment, the OMC Cancer Treatment Center, Riverways Hospice of OMC, OMC Heart Care Services and OMC Women and Children Services.

The evening’s keynote speaker was Mrs. Nancy L. Franz, a volunteer at OMC who has created funds with the Foundation to support cardiac care at OMC.

Franz spoke about her experiences and how special Ozarks Medical Center is to her and her family.

“We live in an uncertain world today. We need a sanctuary. The dictionary says that a sanctuary is a place of refuge or safety. The Bible refers to it as a very special or holy place. To me and my family, OMC is a sanctuary. OMC is a safe place where one can go for healing and comfort. It is not the building that makes a sanctuary, but the people working there,” Franz said.

Chosen to light this year’s tree were Caroline, William and Jack Beykirch, who are the children of OMC Board Member, Greg Beykirch and his wife, Courtney.

The invocation was provided by Dr. Reverend Timothy Stover of the First Presbyterian Church. The Swing Set, a special group from the West Plains High School Concert Choir, performed a variety of holiday favorites. The group is under the direction of Kelly Dame. Tom Keller, President and CEO of OMC, gave closing remarks.

Those still wishing to place a light or ornament on the Lights of Life Christmas tree to honor or in memory of someone may do so by sending a tax-deductible donation to the OMC Foundation. For information or to request a donation form, call 417-853-5200. Donation forms also are available at the visitors’ information desk in the main lobby of the medical center, at the OMC Foundation office, located at No. 12 Parkway Center; and online at www.ozarksmedicalcenter.com by clicking on classes and events.

Pictured with the OMC Lights of Life Tree are tree lighters William, Jack and Caroline Beykirch; OMC Foundation Executive Director Ward Franz, and guest speaker Nancy L. Franz.

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