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Winthrop-University Hospital Hosts 29th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony - Archived
December 4, 2014

Friends and neighbors of Winthrop-University Hospital, local officials, Hospital administration and staff gathered on December 3 to usher in the holiday season at Winthrop’s 29th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Attendees enjoyed a moving musical performance by the Mineola High School Concert Singers, who have become part of the Hospital’s great holiday tradition under the direction of Meg Messina. Also part of the evening’s festivities were remarks by John F. Collins, Winthrop’s President and CEO, and Charles M. Strain, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Winthrop.

“The holidays force all of us to take time from our hectic lives to slow down and enjoy the simple things – time with our loved ones and friends and creating special memories with them,” said Mr. Collins. “It’s also a time of giving – and most importantly, giving back to others who need it most.”

As the countdown to the tree lighting began, four-year-old Raphael Palmersen of Westbury had an important job – flipping the switch to illuminate the magnificent Christmas tree. Following the ceremony, guests had the opportunity to enjoy an array of refreshments in the Hospital’s Main Lobby as the Mineola High School Concert Signers continued to spread holiday cheer by singing in various areas of the Hospital for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy.

Contact: Leanna Cherry
Public Relations Manager
(516) 663-2234