Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Dream Lights Trees Tradition in Manning Celebrates 25 Years

The West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation’s holiday tradition of lighting Main Street in Manning with Dream Lights Trees continues. The Dream Lights campaign has taken many forms over the years, but the theme has always been to remember or honor family members and friends during the holidays by making a donation to the WCIHF.

"It's just a way of people acknowledging a memorial for their next-of-kin or parents or whoever has predeceased them and it's just kind of a way for honoring them and it's also a fundraiser for the foundation," said Gaylin Ranniger. 

The campaign will have a “new look” this year. Foundation members, Debbie Ranniger and Donna Hacker worked with Puck Enterprises, Inc. and Plastico, T&C to create new trees and new ornaments for display on Main Street. The trees have been custom-designed out of sheet metal and will be strung with lights.

"That separates it a little bit from what we've done in the past," said Gaylin Ranniger. "We've got a nice place to put them on Main Street here that hopefully will attract some attention.

They will be decked with ornaments or stars created by Plastico. The ornaments and stars are available for sponsorship. The fresh look is especially fitting as the group celebrates the 25th anniversary of Dream Lights this year. Donors will be able to sponsor a gold ornament for $75 and a red ornament for $125. There will be 42 ornaments available. There will be three stars available as well; sponsoring a star is $250. This year all donors will be recognized in the newspaper. The lighting of the trees will coincide with the Weihnachtsfest Festival held on November 25th and they will remain lit until shortly after the New Year.

Sponsorship forms may be picked up at First National Bank and State Farm Insurance, on Main Street. They are also available at the Admissions Desk at Manning Regional Healthcare Center, or by emailing amy.benton@mrhcia.com. Completed forms can be dropped off or emailed to Amy Benton at MRHC.

The lighted trees have become a charming attraction on Main Street during the holidays. Let’s “Deck the Trees” to support the West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation in its mission to provide health and wellness opportunities for residents of Manning and members of the surrounding communities.

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