A new holiday light display adorns the west surgery entrance at Great Bend Regional Hospital, spreading holiday cheer to all who see it. The display was purchased through a live auction donation at the USD 428 Education Foundation Dinner last month. Stueder Contractors usually places this display on their building on 10th Street, but made a decision this year to donate it for the good of the foundation.
“Education is extremely important, and we wanted to do something new and different to draw some attention and funds to the foundation’s auction,” says Terry Stueder, owner of the local plumbing and HVAC company. “Since it is definitely Christmas time, we thought the light display was something creative that would go over well and it did.”
Great Bend Regional Hospital purchased the rights to use the lights on their building for the remainder of the Christmas season. The multi-colored strands of lights and Christmas tree decorations were installed over the weekend by Chad and Stephanie Boone, owners of Illuminations Holiday Displays, and are now available for viewing every evening between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. “The lights are custom choreographed to three Christmas songs, and anyone can enjoy the show by tuning into the special FM frequency through their car stereo,” Stephanie says. “We are looking forward to working with the hospital and are proud that they chose to support the education foundation alongside Stueder Contractors.”
Anyone wishing to enjoy the free holiday lights display can visit the hospital campus after dark and view the show from the surgical parking lot. It is requested that the main driveway be kept clear for hospital patients, guests, and ambulance traffic.
“It’s exciting that we can accomplish two things with our recent donation to the Education Foundation,” says Brent Hanson, CEO for Great Bend Regional Hospital. “Supporting grant-making for the teachers in our school district was worthwhile in itself, but providing a fun holiday light show for our patients and area residents was a nice extra incentive. We hope the community will come and enjoy the display between now and the end of the year.”