Burke helped patients get in the holiday spirit recently by hosting its annual tree trimming party. The event was held in the patient dining room on Saturday, December 1st.
Guests and patients were treated to a day of ornament decorating, games and a Christmas carol sing along with The Westchester Chordsmen a cappella group.
“This is a wonderful tradition begun by a former patient to spread holiday cheer for patients throughout the hospital,” Richard Sgaglio, Burke’s Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Development said. “We recognize and remember Lorraine for starting this holiday event and we would like to invite the public to celebrate the holiday season with all of us at Burke.”
The holiday season is a joyous one, spent with friends, family, and loved ones. It is a time when the stresses and difficulties of day to day life can be paused for hot cocoa and spirited music. But, for patients overcoming a life-changing illness or injury, spending the holiday season the way they had hoped might prove more difficult. The tree trimming event is Burke’s way of making sure every patient has the opportunity to celebrate the season.
This Burke tradition began seven years ago thanks to a generous donation by Lorraine Magliari, a former patient who felt that the presence of a Christmas tree would help boost the spirits of patients in the hospital. The Magliari family continues to support the event in memory of Lorraine, who passed away in 2014.