RPCI Community Will Light Up the Holidays With Tree of Hope Ceremony

Monday, November 29, 2010

BUFFALO, NY —Participants from all branches of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) family will gather to celebrate the holidays at the annual Tree of Hope ceremony Friday, December 3 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. A celebration for all whose lives have been touched by cancer, this family-friendly event will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus leading a Parade of Hope around RPCI’s Kaminski Park & Gardens and the lighting of the Tree of Hope in the center of the park by a member of Carly’s Club for Kids & Cancer Research in WNY.

The festivities, co-sponsored by WIVB-TV/Channel 4, will also include a wide variety of musical performances, live entertainment and holiday-themed activities, inside the RPCI lobby and throughout Kaminski Park  & Gardens. A few highlights:

  • Indoor and outdoor entertainment by musical groups such as the Buffalo Select Chorus, Mount St. Mary Academy Jazz Band and The Albrights
  • Presentation of Holiday Ham, a holiday take on the story of The Three Little Pigs written and performed by RPCI staff
  • Ornament decorating, face painting, magicians, appearances by RPCI’s trained therapy dogs and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides and seasonal treats like hot chocolate and donuts
  • A market featuring Paint Box Project cards and other seasonal goods
  • Winners of gingerbread house decoration contest to be announced

Attendees will also have an opportunity to purchase Snowflake of Hope luminarias to be displayed at their homes the night of December 3rd in a community-wide show of support for those we have lost to cancer and those who are in the fight for a cure. All proceeds benefit RPCI research. Luminaries can also be purchased online, at www.paintboxproject.com.

Guests are asked to register by Monday, November 29 to 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or askrpci@roswellpark.org; see http://www.roswellpark.org/treeofhope for more information. And the television audience throughout Western New York, Western Pennsylvania and Southern Ontario can tune in to live broadcasts from the event throughout the News 4 at 5 and News 4 at 6 broadcasts that evening.

For more information about this event, go to http://www.roswellpark.org/treeofhope.

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at http://www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email askrpci@roswellpark.org.

Media Contact: 

Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager
716-845-8593; annie.deck-miller@roswellpark.org