Tribute Tree lighting fun for families, funds scholarships

Choir music, selfies with Santa and his elvish helpers, hot chocolate and special treats for the kids will be a part of this year’s family-oriented Conway Regional Tribute Tree lighting event on Thursday, December 1.
The Conway Regional Gift Shop will be open for holiday shopping and a gingerbread house decorating display will be available for viewing and houses will be for sale. The ceremony will be located at the east entrance of Conway Regional Medical Center by the Fountain.
The event is conducted annually by the Conway Regional Health Foundation as a way for the community to honor and remember friends and loved ones. The lights that adorn the tree will be lit at 6 pm and will remain lit until the end of the year.
The tree lighting has become a holiday tradition for families and Tribute Tree also contributes to the community by helping fund scholarships for area students who dream of working in the health care field.
Meghan Mallett of Conway, an APRN who currently works at Conway Regional Medical Clinic-Prince St. and at Conway Regional Medical Clinic-Pottsville, is one of those who benefitted from a health care scholarship. “I will always be grateful to the generous donors for what their gifts allowed me to accomplish,” said Mallett. “Receiving a scholarship from Conway Regional meant more to me than just a monetary reward. It was a confirmation that this organization supported my efforts in furthering my career.”
“The scholarship meant a lot because nursing school is very demanding. I had very little time to work and being newly-married, our finances were tight,” said Mallori Kunkle of Greenbrier, a registered nurse who cares for oncology patients at Conway Regional. “This scholarship allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse.”
The Conway Regional Health Foundation has awarded more than $254,000 to area students since 1996, relying on funds from Tribute Tree, physicians, nurses, Dazzle Daze and other private individuals.
Tributes and donations are being accepted throughout December. Names of donors and their loved ones will be displayed in the East Lobby of the medical center and online at www.conwayregional.org. For more information about honoring a special person this holiday season, call 501.513.5778 or visit www.conwayregional.org/TributeTree