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Russellville Hospital Foundation holds first Christmas at City Lake

The Russellville Hospital Foundation kicked off its first Christmas at City Lake event Nov. 30. Events included music and the lighting of Christmas trees that were sponsored and decorated by community organizations, businesses, churches and families.

The trees will remain in the park through the end of the year.

Proceeds from the event will be used for a future Emergency Room renovation.

The festive display has brought many community members out to ooh and ahh.

“The tree lighting was beautiful,” said Brenda Oliver. “It was a very pleasant evening.”

Grant Atkins said the American Legion was proud to participate and help promote veterans.

“It’s a wonderful event that brought a lot of people together,” said Beverly Atkins. “The inaugural celebration was spectacular, and the snow machine was a big hit. There has been talk of possibly adding cocoa, cookies and caroling for next year.”

“This is something Russellville has needed for a long time,” said Anna Carol Porter, founder of local service group Krewe de Guard. “It’s good to see the community getting back out and coming together. I look forward to seeing this event evolve and expand.”

“We appreciate everyone who helped make this event a success, whether by sponsoring and decorating trees, helping in other ways or by attending,” said Russellville Hospital CEO Stephen Proctor. “We look forward to seeing this celebration grow in the years to come.”