ELLSWORTH — The Poinsettia Ball, the premier annual holiday event and charity fundraiser for Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital, has been canceled this year due to COVID-19 concerns but the needs the fundraiser helped serve remain.
The ball, which typically attracts more than 400 guests, has raised $1 million since its inception 29 years ago. The funds benefit patient care.
This year, in lieu of the actual event, the Poinsettia Ball spirit will be kept alive through a patient care campaign: “Shine a light on caring.” The community is invited to celebrate, honor and thank Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital’s health care team while supporting the hospital’s patient care services.
“The past several months have been some of the most challenging ever faced,” according to a hospital statement. “During this time Maine Coast Hospital health care team members have exceeded expectations and continue to offer unwavering commitment to their patients and are worthy of our thanks.”
Machias Saving Bank is lead sponsor of the campaign.
“Since 1986, thirty-four years running, Machias Savings Bank has been a committed community partner of the Northern Light Healthcare System,” shares Larry Barker, president and CEO. “Financially of course, but also a partner in time, with hundreds of hours of volunteer work by our employees. We are honored to both serve and support the Maine Coast Hospital and are keenly aware that your efforts have never been more important than they are today. Together we will continue to move the communities of Maine forward.”
Community members can express support in several ways:
- Go to www.northernlighthealth.org/shine and contribute to the hospital’s patient care fund and help reach the campaign’s $40,000 goal.
- The webpage also allows you to share a positive story regarding the health care team, or send a message of thanks and support.
- Dedicate your holiday light display to the health care team, and use the hashtag #shinealightoncaring on social media to get the community involved.
For more information, contact JoAnn Brown at [email protected] or 664-5548.