First virtual tree-lighting ceremony raised almost $58K for WDMH Foundation

Above, the 2020 Judy Lannin Christmas Wish Tree Lighting Ceremony, with prelude and postlude harp music performed by Rhiannon Beckstead.

WINCHESTER — For 23 years, local communities have embraced an annual tradition at the WDMH Foundation. The Judy Lannin Christmas Wish Tree provides a special way to honour or remember family and friends with a gift to the Foundation. And despite a very unusual year, the organization reports that donors have done it again — contributing close to $58,000 to the cause after the tree was lit Dec. 19.

Since this tradition began, more than $1.1 million has been raised through this special  celebration. 

WDMH Foundation Managing Director Kristen Casselman lights the tree. The organization has just announced this year’s virtual event raised almost $58,000.

“Our local communities and generous donors continue to amaze us,” says Managing Director Kristen Casselman. “We are so grateful for everyone’s support.”  

Manager of Direct Mail & Events Cindy Ault Peters agrees. “We held our first virtual tree lighting ceremony this year and many people joined us on Facebook. It was great to connect – even if it was  virtually.”  

Funds raised by the tree lighting are directed to the Foundation’s Family Care Fund — gifts helping to ensure that the WDMH team has the right tools needed to care for patients and families, close to home. 

The WDMH Foundation is the charitable fundraising entity supporting Winchester District Memorial Hospital as well as Dundas Manor.


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