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West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation Carries on Dream Lights Tradition

The West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation’s (WCIHF) holiday tradition of lighting Main Street with Dream Light Trees will continue this year. This marks the seventh year for trees to be lit on Main Street, however, it will be the 24th year of WCIHF holding the annual Dream Lights campaign. While the Dream Lights campaign has changed over the years, the goal has remained the same. 

2021 Dream Lights Campaign“It has always been a way to honor the memory of a loved one, but over the last seven years, as the large wooden trees have been placed on Main Street for display, the idea has expanded to include sponsorships in support of friends, families, organizations, and businesses,” shared WCIHF’s President, Gaylin Ranniger.

Four-foot trees can be sponsored for $75, and five-foot trees are $125. Donors who would like to sponsor a tree will receive a personalized placard to be placed on the tree. Special messages can be added on the placard and will also be recognized on social media. The lighting of the trees will coincide with the Weihnachtsfest Festival held in Manning on November 26th, and the trees will remain lit until shortly after the New Year. 

The lighted trees have become a charming attraction on Main Street during the holidays. Community members are encouraged to help “deck the trees” to support the WCIHF in their mission to provide health and wellness opportunities for residents of Manning and members of the surrounding communities and to support Manning Regional Healthcare Center.

Sponsorship forms may be picked up at Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC), or by emailing Completed forms can be dropped off at MRHC to the attention of Amy Benton. Call (712) 655-8189 if you have any questions.

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