Keeneland Brings Holiday Cheer to Kentucky Children's Hospital
Media Contact: Julie Meador
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 21, 2009) − Keeneland and its many friends presented Kentucky Children's Hospital with a Christmas tree containing hundreds of hand-painted ornaments on Monday, Dec. 7.
The Christmas Shop at Keeneland hosted a program where customers, and
the local community, purchased and decorated more than 240 ornaments
for the hospital. Jolene Dawkins, director of retail operations at
Keeneland, also generously offered a nine-foot Christmas tree for the
"This is the first year for this project. Blank ornaments were sold
and then eligible for a drawing of two tickets to see the Rockettes at
Rupp Arena,” Dawkins said. "This is just something small we could do,
and encourage others to do, including churches and daycares who were
also involved in decorating the ornaments, which is to give to a
wonderful cause, after all Christmas is about the children."
While hospital staff were decorating the tree with the hospital mascot, Stitches, an impromptu decorating party arose as patients and families joined
"We are so thankful to the many people who bought and decorated the
ornaments and to Keeneland for creating this program and providing the
tree," said Loralyn Cecil, Kentucky Children's Hospital's office of
development manager of community relations and publications. "The tree
is beautiful and the patients and families love it. It brings such
holiday cheer to all those who visit our hospital."
Kentucky Children's Hospital was established in 1997, but has been
taking care of children since 1960. It was renamed in 2005 to more
clearly define its role as the hospital for all children of Kentucky.
The facility, a hospital within UK Chandler Hospital, houses an
inpatient center; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit to take care
of the sickest infants; a state-of-the-art pediatric intensive care
unit; and a 23-hour admissions/observation center. The building also
features children's play and activity rooms, expanded family
consultation rooms, a family resource center, waiting rooms, conference
rooms, and a pediatric staff library. The new Makenna David Pediatric
Emergency Center was established last year. For more information about Kentucky Children's Hospital, call 859 257-1121.