9th Annual Tree of Angels celebrates loved ones

The early December fog and rain didn’t keep away hundreds of visitors who gathered at Aurora Zilber Family Hospice’s 9th Annual Tree of Angels celebration:  a special tradition dedicated to honoring and remembering loved ones.

“It meant a great deal to my son and me. Grandpa Greg’s “angel” will always be the first ornament put on our Christmas tree,” said Nan G, who attended the celebration in memory of her husband of 46 years.

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“The Annual Tree of Angels celebration began with a single idea – an idea to come together and celebrate the individuals who have changed our lives. We remember our loved ones who have passed and honor our loved ones who are still with us,” said Judi Strout, development officer for Aurora Health Care Foundation.

This year, more than 650 angels were purchased and displayed on evergreen trees located outside of Zilber Family Hospice. The angels will remain on the trees through the middle of January 2014.

For each $30 donation, friends and family members received a silver keepsake angel for their home, as well as an angel with their loved one’s name placed on the trees outside of Zilber hospice. This year, the event raised more than $23,000 to benefit the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association hospice programs, including Zilber Family Hospice.

Those who attended the Annual Tree of Angels celebration participated in a program celebrating their loved ones. Following the program, guests had the opportunity to enjoy a wide array of hors d’oeuvres and holiday desserts, as well as beautiful ice sculptures, graciously donated by Zilber head chef, Larry Bushner.

During this season of giving, please consider a gift through Aurora Health Care Foundation.  Your donation to the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association Zilber Family Hospice program ensures that everyone is entitled to high-quality end-of-life care and comfort, regardless of their financial means.  For more information, call 1-877-460-8730.

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