News Release

David Bernard
Public Relations Associate, Public Relations
320 DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720

Love Lights a Tree to Remember this December

The American Cancer Society and Wilmington University illuminate the holiday season on Reads Way

Join Wilmington University and the American Cancer Society in remembering those who've died of cancer, honoring those who've survived it, and supporting those who are fighting it at the 12th annual Love Lights A Tree ceremony in the New Castle Corporate Commons on Thursday, December 7.

WilmU faculty, staff, students, and friends have been invited to meet in the lobby of 92 Reads Way, downstairs from the American Cancer Society's northeast region offices, beginning at 5:45 p.m. A short introduction and refreshments will be followed by the tree lighting along Commons Boulevard at 6 p.m.

The trees — which include one dedicated to Jennifer Hearn, a WilmU employee who died in 2010 at age 33, and the university family — will be illuminated every evening throughout the holiday season.

"Most of the trees have grown significantly over the years, requiring thousands of lights now, and they are quite spectacular," said Thomas Hurd, site director of WilmU's nearby Wilson Graduate Center.

The American Cancer Society is also offering individuals an opportunity to commemorate the lives of loved ones affected by cancer. For a suggested donation of $10 the charity will hang a personalized ornament on the tree, or three for $25.

Please contact Natalie Gonnelli at the Wilson Graduate Center's front desk before Wednesday, December 6 to make a donation and request a memorial ornament. She can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (302) 655-5400.

In addition to the American Cancer Society and Wilmington University's Wilson Graduate Center, the 12th annual Love Lights A Tree ceremony is being sponsored by Bayada Nurses, NAI Emory Hill, and New Castle Dental Associates.

About Wilmington University

Wilmington University is a private, non-profit institution committed to providing career-oriented, traditional and online associate, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. The Wilmington University difference starts with our flexible, year-round class schedules, full online learning capabilities, and one of the lowest tuitions in the tri-state region. Combined with our intense focus on academic excellence and individualized attention to our students in our degree and certificate programs, the WilmU difference is reflected in our students' achievements and our alumni's successes. For more information, contact Wilmington University at 302-356-INFO (4636), via email at, or visit

Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017 - New Castle, DE