• More than 250 people celebrated the success of the Twigs’ 2014 Tree of Lights Campaign with the annual lighting of the tree which stands over Rome Memorial Hospital’s North James Street main entrance, Sunday, Dec. 7.

    Every light on the tree has been placed through donations, either in honor or in memory of a loved one, or to express thanks. This year’s campaign raised more than $11,150 to help the Twigs, a not-for-profit organization, continue their long tradition of dedicated service in support of the hospital and its mission.


     2014 Tree of Lights 
     Surrounded by his family, Dr. Paul Temple, center, flips the switch to light the 2014 Twig’s Tree of Light in front of the cheering crowd who gathered for the event which raised over $11,500. Also looking up at the tree which sits atop the hospital are: his daughter Jenna, far left, and to his right, his daughter Jillian Olney, wife Diane, and his grandson Brayton Olney, 3.


    This year's fundraising campaign was dedicated to Dr. Paul Temple for his many years of devoted service to the hospital.

    Surrounded by his family, Dr. Temple, was given the honor of flipping the switch to light the tree which has been a visible symbol of the season at the hospital since 1989.

    The evening’s events included the unveiling of the scroll which lists each of the individual donors and honorees, as well as entertainment by a vocal group from Rome Free Academy, as well as the Delta United Methodist Church Strings and Things group, featuring Dr. Temple on harmonica and vocals. Refreshments were also provided by the Twigs.

    Kris-Tech Wire was this year’s Tree of Lights campaign sponsor. Contributions to the campaign benefit the Twigs, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to support of the hospital and its mission, and are used for purchase of hospital equipment and program support.

    The 25 member committee, along with several departments of the hospital, was thanked for their fund-raising efforts. Members of the community may still send contributions to: Rome Twigs, c/o Rome Memorial Hospital, 1500 N. James St. Rome, NY 13440.


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