The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Auxiliary will mark the 24th anniversary of its tree of lights fundraiser to benefit Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Each December for over two decades, the great pine located in front of the hospital was lit with hundreds of red and white lights, each donated by an individual in honor or in memory of a loved one.

This year as construction of the new hospital began, the grand old tree found a new home at Mink Meadows Golf Club — but the auxiliary is determined to continue the tradition. A temporary tree of lights will be lit during this and every holiday season until construction is done. Later the auxiliary will celebrate the opening of the new hospital with the planting of a new tree of lights.

The tree lighting ceremony will be held on Monday, Dec. 10. The hospital auxiliary invites the public to join the festivities beginning at 4 p.m. in the main lobby of the hospital.

This holiday season, remember someone you love. The tree of lights has raised over $90,000 since it began in 1983. The proceeds have purchased many needed items for the hospital and supported a variety of department programs. Lights may be purchased for $10 each in memory or in honor of an individual. Perpetual lights may be purchased for a donation of $125. All contributions are tax deductible.

Checks should be made out to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Auxiliary and mailed to: MV Hospital Volunteer Office, P.O. Box 1477, Oak Bluffs MA 02557, or dropped off at the volunteer office at the hospital.