Lighting the Tree of Lights

From contributed reports
Each year Hospice of the Rapidan offers the public the opportunity to honor a loved one by sponsoring a light on its holiday Tree of Lights.

This year’s tree will be lit in a ceremony on Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Union First Market Bank, (formerly Rappahannock National Bank), 7 Bank Road, Washington. The event is free and the public is welcome. Appetizers and holiday cheer donated by Hospice of the Rapidan’s volunteers will be served.

Jeffersonton resident John Hagarty, a Hospice of the Rapidan volunteer, will be the master of ceremonies for the event. Carol Marangoni of Rappahanock County will light this year’s tree in memory of her husband, James Marangoni whom Hospice of the Rapidan cared for. The ceremony will include musical selections performed by members of the Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, led by Pastor Jon Heddleston. Michael T. Leake, regional president of Union First Market Bank, and Kathy Clements, executive director of Hospice of the Rapidan, will have welcoming remarks.

Members of the all-volunteer 2010 Tree of Lights committee are Liz Blubaugh, Jan Clatterbuck, Nancy Dingle, Jo-an Getsinger, and Kelly Jo Settle of Rappahannock County and Dotty Gallegos, Judy Shupp, and Sydney White of Culpeper.

Anyone can sponsor a light on the tree. Sponsorships are three lights for $25, or $10 for individual lights and these sponsorships help Hospice of the Rapidan to care for terminally ill patients and their families regardless of their financial resources. To sponsor a light, call Karen Quanbeck at 540-825-4840 or visit

Hospice of the Rapidan is a licensed, nonprofit hospice organization providing compassionate and dignified end-of-life care to terminally ill patients and their families in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange, Rappahannock and surrounding counties. Hospice, which includes high quality medical care and emotional, social and spiritual support, is available to patients with a life expectancy of six months or less, regardless of their ability to pay. To learn more about hospice care, grief support, or becoming a volunteer call Hospice of the Rapidan at 540-825-4840 or visit online at

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