Each year Riverside Walter Reed's Tree of Lights Gala brings community members, volunteers, donors and health system employees together for an evening of great food, good music and festive auction items in the spirit of the holidays and of giving.

 This year's Gala, open to the public, will be held Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Abingdon Ruritan Center in Bena. Each year funds raised benefit the Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Make a Difference Fund.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of individuals and businesses within our communities. This year's exclusive Presenting Sponsor is Spain Commercial, Inc. Platinum Sponsor Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Volunteers. Gold Sponsors are Chesapeake Bank, Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust, Gloucester Pharmacy, Middle Peninsula Insurance and Financial Services, Rappahannock Concrete, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Medical Executive Committee, Phillips Energy and The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. Bronze Level Sponsors are Bangkok Noi Restaurant, BB&T Mortgage, Dr. Joseph A. Lombard, DDS, State Farm Insurance – Josh Junker and Dr. Timothy Leigh, DDS.

Generous donors like Gloucester Florist, Lowe's and Vashti's Jewelers have given fabulous auction items and other local contributors include Hodges and Bryant, Hogg Funeral Home, and Village Cleaners.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Riverside Walter Reed Make a Difference Fund and are used to advance patient care services. This years' Tree of Lights Gala and current fundraising efforts are in support of creating comfort for our patients, their families and visitors who find themselves utilizing the services of our Middle Peninsula Cancer Center.

Reserved Seating Tables for eight are $400. Open Seating Reservations are $50 each and $75 per couple. Reservations and payment can be made online at www.riversideonline.com/rwrh and by phone at 804.693.8877. For more information on 2013 Gala sponsorships or participating in the Cancer and Comfort Campaign please contact Scott Brown of the Riverside Foundation at scott.brown@rivhs.com or 804.201.5358

Published: November 5, 2013