Hundreds of white lights symbolizing a message of caring, hope and compassion will be illuminated at Memorial Hospital's 23rd annual Circle of Life ceremony on Tuesday.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony as lights in the shapes of children at play will be lighted up along with a Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m. in the circular drive in front of Memorial Hospital's main entrance.

Each year, the hospital gives community members an opportunity to sponor the lights in the name of someone they want to honor or memoralize.

At the Tuesday event, Santa Claus will bring gifts for children to the lighting ceremony and 98 The Peak's Davy Crockett will read the names of the individuals who have had donations made in their memory or honor.

The switch to the light display will be flipped by a family who benefited from Memorial White Rose Hospice this year.

At the end of the ceremony, Northeastern High School student Emily Gibbs will give a vocal performance with Eric Gimbi on guitar.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the hospital lobby, which overlooks the light display.

All proceeds from the Circle of Life will benefit the Memorial Health Systems Foundation Auxiliary, which organizes the annual event.

For more information or to make a donation, call 849-5492.

- Reach Chelsea Shank at 505-5432 or