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Light the Night

September 17, 2020

The Mahaska Health Foundation is excited to announce the first annual “Light the Night” event, featuring a display of the campus Christmas tree. Each year, this event will spotlight a specific cause, and this year highlights those who have battled cancer. We encourage you to drive by on Monday, November 30th at 5:30 pm to see the lighting of the tree, drink some hot cocoa, grab a candy cane, and remember those we love who have battled cancer.

The holiday season can bring up many emotions and memories of loves ones. Mahaska Health Foundation wants you to know that we understand the tenderness of the upcoming season. Several individuals are diagnosed with an illness that is overwhelmingly daunting. As a way to help support individuals and families who are currently undergoing medical hardships, Mahaska Health Foundation invites you to take part in an upcoming fundraiser that benefits our Cancer Care and Infusion Center.

We cordially invite you to help us honor and reflect on your loved ones who have experienced the diagnosis of cancer. Starting October 1st and lasting through December 25th, Mahaska Health Foundation is selling Christmas lights that will help “Light the Night,” and illuminate our 20-foot Christmas tree on our campus. If you would like you or your loved one to be recognized on our list of honored/memorialized donors, the deadline is November 25th. These lights can be purchased through the foundation; the first light costs $25, and $20 for any light purchased after the first.

“This opportunity will enable us to update, purchase, expand, and improve our Cancer Care and Infusion Center, which will benefit the ones we care about most, our patients,” said Ann Frost, Mahaska Health Foundation Director. Frost continued by saying, “We are committed to growing and adapting our hospital to meet our communities needs and provide comprehensive access to health care.” Along with updating our CCIC space, it is a way to give back to the community and help spread joy during the holiday season.

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Cancer Care and Infusion Nurses Sandy Long, Jessi Nunnikhoven, and Sally Blake.

Along with purchasing lights, enjoy a cup of coffee and support a great cause by purchasing a Christmas drink at Smokey Row in Oskaloosa. The Foundation and Smokey Row have partnered together that for every Christmas drink sold, from November 1st until the end of the year, a portion of funds will be donated to the fundraiser.

There is more information to come, so make sure you watch the Mahaska Health Foundation Facebook page, the Mahaska Health website, and future articles about this project.

For further information, please contact Ann Frost at either 641.672.3361 or You may also reach out to her fellow Light the Night committee member, Christy Bellinger, at 641.295.0948.

Mahaska Health Foundation