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,”
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.