Hospital garners $100,000 from Symphony of Lights

January 11, 1995|By From Staff Reports

Howard County General Hospital raised about $100,000 for its Maternal-Child Health Services and Programs through the Symphony of Lights holiday display at Symphony Woods in Columbia.

More than 43,000 vehicles carrying about 200,000 people made the winding, 1.4-mile trip through the central Columbia park to see more than 40 animated and stationary light displays from Nov. 21 to Jan. 1.

"The hospital views the Symphony of Lights as an overwhelming success, which accomplished our two-fold objective of raising substantial funds for the hospital and doing something special for our community," said David A. Abramson, chairman of the hospital's board of trustees.

The event, which cost $12 per vehicle, brought in about $500,000 in gross revenue, leaving about $100,000 for the hospital after expenses.

The money will go toward the hospital's special care nursery, labor and delivery unit, postpartum area and newborn nursery and maternal-child health education classes.

The hospital plans to work with Columbia Association and the Rouse Co., which own land within the 38-acre park, to make the event annual, hospital officials said.

Event organizers said they are considering adding more animated displays and piping in music along the course in future years.

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