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OMC’s 27th annual Lights of Life to help others

OMC’s 27th 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 27th annual community tree lighting ceremony on December 6.

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 $6215 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, OMC Hospice, OMC Heart Care Services, OMC Wound Care and OMC Women and Children Services.

The evening’s keynote speaker was Scott Womack who spoke about how important OMC was to him and his family throughout the cancer treatment for his late wife Carrie. During the time, Scott said he didn’t realize how much help and support he and his family received from Dr. Morgan, the nursing and support staff, and the people of the community. In preparing for the speech, he said he was able to reminisce and realize just how special OMC and the community was to him and his family.

Chosen to light this year’s tree were Natalie, Lauren and Matthew Stewart, children of OMC Board of Director member Melissa Stewart and her husband, Cary.

The invocation was provided by John King, pastor at First Baptist 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 Natalie, Lauren, and Matthew Stewart; and keynote speaker Scott Womack.

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