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Aspirus 'Tree of Love' set

November 23, 2012
By KURT HAUGLIE ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

LAURIUM - For the 20th year, Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital is conducting its Tree of Love campaign, and Deb Dlubala said people have started making donations for this year's effort.

"They're just starting to trickle in now," she said.

In 1993, Jan Jurmu came to then-Keweenaw Memorial Hospital officials about an idea she had to honor her recently deceased daughter, Jamie Lynn, and to proved a way for other people to do the same, and Dlubala, Aspirus Keweenaw volunteer services coordinator, said that became the Tree of Love campaign.

"It's just an opportunity for people ... to remember people who have passed away or someone (still living) they want to honor," she said. "We usually get a lot for people who have passed this year."

There are three levels of donations, Dlubala said: $3 for a light, $25 for a bell, $50 for an angel and $100 for a star. The bells, angels and stars can be removed from the tree by the donor after the ceremony for those being memorialized or honored at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in the AK conference room.

During the ceremony, Dlubala said there will be speakers, including a physician, and Aspirus Keweenaw CEO Chuck Nelson. There will also be a musical presentation.

The names of people memorialized and honored will be placed on a poster, which will be placed in the hallway near the cafeteria, Dlubala said.

"We usually keep that up through the holidays," she said.

Dlubala said the Tree of Love campaign is organized by the hospital's auxiliary. Money raised is used to buy medical equipment for the hospital.

To get more information about the Tree of Love campaign, call Deb Dlubala at 337-6961.



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