Tree of Light lit despite rain


Tree of Light
Tree of Light

Organized by the Henderson Women’s League, the Tree of Light was illuminated last night in a thirty-minute ceremony in the parking lot of Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson.

Approximately 65 adults and children attended the event.

Tree of Light
Deborah Bryan

Tree of Light
Rebecca Fleming

The lighting was officiated by League members Deborah Bryan and Rebecca Fleming, both of whom are teachers at E.M. Rollins Elementary School. According to Bryan, all nine active members of the League helped to organize the ceremony which raises funds to fight cancer.

Other members include Margaret Ann Brame, Liz Catlett, Joyce Dargan, Anora Rainey, Lou Reavis, Linda Weaver, and Lynn Kapus. All members except Catlett and Kapus were present at last night’s event.

After opening remarks by Maria Parham Public Relations official David Ruggles, Bryan remaked that over $1,200 had been raised for cancer research by the event, which she characterized as “pretty darned good”.

A prayer was offered by Harold Gene Thompson, a deacon at Shiloh Baptist Church and Assistant Principal and E.M. Rollins Elementary School. Afterwards, local attorney and singer Stella Jones performed “What a Wonderful World” and “Christmas Song”.

Tree of Light
Kerr-Vance Academy Show Choir

The Kerr-Vance Academy Show Choir, which is composed of fifth and sixth graders, sang “Let There Be Peace on Earth”. During the performance, wind and a light drizzle began.

Tree of Light
Tree of Light in the wind

The vast majority of the crowd remained until the end of the ceremony. Unfortunately, due to the high wind, candles could not be lit in tribute to cancer victims and cancer survivors.

Tree of Light
Stella Jones and Maestro Isaac

“Auld Lang Syne” was sung by Jones. An additional prayer was offered. After the tree lighting, it began to rain in earnest, depriving many of the young guests of hot chocolate and cookies.