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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Indian River Medical Center's 22nd anniversary of the auxiliary's "Tree of Lights" ceremony on Dec. 6 featured a new green technology holiday tree and the artwork from 30 children ages 5-12 on display.
The auxiliary of IRMC purchased a new 24-foot Oregon Cascade fir tree to replace the original tree purchased in 1995, said Bob Michael, director of facility services.
The tree has 1,360 LED C7 lamps, more energy efficient than the older incandescent-style bulbs. The new tree uses only 680 watts of power, while the older tree consumed 7,200 watts to power up 1,200 incandescent lamps. Other highlights of the event include a solo vocal performance by 13-year-old Gabrielle McFall, daughter of Megan McFall, clinical coordinator for IRMC's partners in women's health program and artwork from IRMC's annual children's holiday art contest on display at the after-party.
All of the four winning artists were present to receive a prize after a random drawing and help light the tree.
The "Tree of Lights" plays a dual role, as it heralds in the holidays while at the same time, raises money for worthwhile projects. The Tree of Lights is used to purchase necessary equipment and education programs for IRMC's women's health care team to continue to provide quality healthcare to the community.
View the artwork at www.irmc.cc.