The Faribault Area Hospice Foundation conducted their annual Light Up A Life Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Allina Hospital District One Faribault campus tonight.

The event was not held in person last year but was pre-recorded and aired at the usual time due to the COVID pandemic.

Rick Miller, Executive Director of Faribault Area Hospice Foundation thanked those in attendance for braving the cold temperatures to observe the brief program.

Michael Johnston, President of Allina Health Southern Market also thanked the people for coming out and said he was honored to be part of such a terrific Faribault tradition.

Pastor Jeff Sandgren, new member of Hospice Board provided the Invocation.

Gary Voegel, Hospice Board Member read a poem written by Curt Jorgenson in honor of his deceased parents.

Audrey Tebo, Board Member thanked the many people who donated to the campaign which provides funds for patients to use for therapies and other services not covered by Medicare or insurances.

Pam Betsinger did the honors of ringing the bell 12 times in honor of those who've passed over the last 12 months and were honored by loved ones donating to the Hospice Campaign.

A violin duet of Silent Night performed by Char Scurry and Abbe Brien was played by recording in place of those in attendance singing due to COVID.

Everyone did wear masks for the outdoor ceremony which lasted about 16 minutes.

KDHL Radio was proud to broadcast the event live thanks to Cashwise Foods and Pharmacy of Owatonna, Allina Hospital District One Faribault, Keller Insurance Agency of Nerstrand, Donahues Greenhouse Faribault and Prime Garage Doors and More of Owatonna.

The audio of the program is included below.

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