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Tree of Hope ceremony to light up Roswell Park campus Dec. 7

by jmaloni
Mon, Nov 26th 2012 09:45 am

Event will feature light show that will continue nightly through Jan. 1, 2013

The Roswell Park Cancer Institute community will gather for the annual Tree of Hope lighting ceremony Friday, Dec. 7, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at RPCI. A holiday celebration for all whose lives have been touched by cancer, this family-friendly event will culminate with the lighting of the Tree of Hope by a cancer survivor from Carly's Club for Kids & Cancer Research in WNY.

This outdoor event, co-sponsored by WIVB News Channel 4/WNLO CW 23, West Herr Automotive and Xerox, will include live entertainment and holiday-themed activities throughout Kaminski Park & Gardens. Parking is available in RPCI's on-campus parking ramp (Carlton Street at Elm Street, Buffalo).

New to this year's celebration is an animated light show presented by Xerox. Beginning at the Tree of Hope, Kaminski Park will light up with a dazzling display of nearly 30,000 energy-efficient LED lights orchestrated to music. The 13-minute light show, open to the public, will continue Dec. 8 to Jan. 1, 2013, running every 30 minutes between 5 and 10 p.m.

Additional Tree of Hope highlights:

  • Horse-drawn-carriage rides

  • Visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus

  • Performance by John & Mary (John Lombardo and Mary Ramsey) with special guest Theresa Quinn

  • Live ice sculpting by Paul Strada

  • Face painting, balloon art and appearances by RPCI's trained therapy dogs

  • Candle ceremony paying tribute to those we've lost to cancer and survivors still in the fight

  • Gingerbread house raffle supporting Roswell Park's Celebration of Life cancer survivors' event

  • Sale of Paint Box Project merchandise benefitting cancer research at RPCI (more info: www.paintboxproject.com)

  • Dunkin' Donuts, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo, and BJ's Wholesale Club to provide refreshments

Guests should register by Monday, Dec. 3, to 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or [email protected]. See http://www.roswellpark.org/treeofhope for more information.

Western New York, Western Pennsylvania and Southern Ontario television viewers can tune in to live broadcasts from the event throughout WIVB's News 4 at 5 and News 4 at 6 broadcasts that evening.

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI's website at http://www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email [email protected].

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