Provided/The Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center hosted its annual Tree of Lights Ceremony Dec. 1. Brenda Martello is joined by members of Shore’s Environmental Services team in the lighting of the tree. Pictured from left,  Victory Valentine, Carmelo Ortiz, Marie Jeanty, Benita Vandervort, Brenda Martello and Joe Hutcherson.

SOMERS POINT – Shore Medical Center joined communities across the globe to officially start the holiday season with its Auxiliary’s Tree of Lights ceremony, which includes special recognition of those who received care at the hospital.

Each year in advance of the ceremony, the auxiliary invites community members to make a donation in honor or memory of a loved one in support of the medical center. The names of those individuals are inscribed in the Tree of Lights Book, with each light on the illuminated tree representing those who have been honored. The listing of inscribed names is posted on the auxiliary page of Shore Medical Center’s website. This year’s event, held Dec. 1 in the hospital lobby, raised more than $4,000 for the hospital.

At the ceremony, Receiving Clerk Shaun LaBoy entertained on the piano and Orderly Michael Green opened the ceremony by singing “Grown-up Christmas List.”

In her presentation, auxiliary Chairwoman Brenda Martello spoke on what the tree lighting is all about and how each year the auxiliary pays special honor to a group or individual. This year, the auxiliary honored the environmental services team at Shore for their hard work and dedication to keeping the hospital clean and safe, especially throughout the pandemic. After her presentation, she welcomed members of Shore’s environmental services team to help light the tree.

Shaun LaBoy, Shore receiving clerk, plays piano while Michael Green, Shore orderly, sings “Grown-Up Christmas List.”


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Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.