December

Photos: BankPlus Light A Light shines in new location

Published on Wednesday, December 6, 2017

With construction of a new children’s tower starting soon, a holiday tradition moved from the front of Batson Children's Hospital to the Rainbow Garden. At the Friends of Children's Hospital fundraiser, Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant and patient K.J. Fields lit a 13-foot Christmas tree and, inside the Wiser cafeteria, Ballet Mississippi dancers treated patients, families and volunteers to a performance of scenes from “The Nutcracker.”

 

The Rainbow Garden between Batson Children's Hospital and Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants is aglow for the season with reindeer, a Christmas tree and other holiday decorations.
The Rainbow Garden between Batson Children's Hospital and the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants is aglow for the season with reindeer, a Christmas tree and other holiday decorations.

 

Batson Children's Hospital patient K.J. Fields gets a handshake from Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant at BankPlus Presents Light A Light, a Friends of Children's Hospital fundraiser. The two shared the honor of lighting the hospital's Christmas tree during the event.
Batson Children's Hospital patient K.J. Fields gets a handshake from Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant. The two shared the honor of lighting the hospital's Christmas tree during the Light a Light event.

 

Tara Cummins of Kosciusko holds her daughter Journey, who is excitedly waiting for the Christmas tree at the Rainbow Garden to be lit.
Tara Cummins of Kosciusko holds her daughter, Journey, who is excitedly awaits the Christmas tree at the Rainbow Garden to be lit.

 

Melanie Christopher of WJTV interviews Friends of Children's Hospital board member Jill Dale prior to the start of BankPlus Presents Light A Light. The event is the nonprofit's oldest fundraiser.
Melanie Christopher of WJTV interviews Jill Dale, Friends of Children's Hospital board member, before the start of the Friends of Children's Hospital's oldest fundraiser.

 

David Dale holds daughter Stella Grace at BankPlus Presents Light A Light.
David Dale holds daughter, Stella Grace.

 

Children, families, Friends of Children's Hospital volunteers and Children's of Mississippi employees enjoyed the start of the holiday season at Batson Children's Hospital during BankPlus Presents Light A Light Tuesday.
Children, families, Friends of Children's Hospital volunteers and Children's of Mississippi employees enjoy the event, which unoffiially starts the holiday season at UMMC.

 

WJTV's Melanie Christopher announces the lighting of the Batson Children's Hospital Christmas tree. The tannenbaum, usually the cypress tree in front of the hospital, is a 13-foot tree in the Rainbow Garden between Batson and Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants due to construction plans.
WJTV's Melanie Christopher announces the lighting of the Batson Children's Hospital Christmas tree.

 

Ballet Mississippi's Emma Butler dances as a girl doll during a scene from "The Nutcracker." Looking on is dancer Wilton McDowell, dancing the role of a soldier doll.
Emma Butler of Ballet Mississippi performs as a girl doll during a scene from The Nutcracker. Looking on is dancer Wilton McDowell, performing in the role of a soldier doll.

 

Wilton McDowell of Ballet Mississippi dances the role of the soldier doll in the troupe's presentation of scenes from "The Nutcracker" Tuesday during BankPlus Presents Light A Light.
Wilton McDowell of Ballet Mississippi dances in the role of a soldier doll in the troupe's presentation of scenes from The Nutcracker.

 

Mouse King Chole Butler of Ballet Mississippi performs during BankPlus Presents Light A Light.
Chole Butler of Ballet Mississippi performs in the role of the Mouse King.

 

The Mouse King (Chole Butler) and Nutcracker (Wilton McDowell) battle in a scene from the traditional holiday ballet, presented by Ballet Mississippi.
Chole Butler, the Mouse King, and Wilton McDowell, the Nutcracker, battle during a scene from the traditional holiday ballet presented by Ballet Mississippi.

 

Dancing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy is Kimberly Blount of Ballet Mississippi. The troupe brings scenes from "The Nutcracker" to Batson Children's Hospital each year as part of BankPlus Presents Light A Light.
Kimberly Blount of Ballet Mississippi performs in the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

 

Child life specialist Tiffany Key and patient Rico Jones Jr. of Canton enjoy the reception following BankPlus Presents Light A Light. The event was moved to the Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants cafeteria due to the start of construction for a new children's tower adjacent to Batson Children's Hospital.
Tiffany Key, child life specialist, and Children's Hospital patient Rico Jones Jr. of Canton enjoy the reception following the tree-lighting ceremony.

 

Kelly Scrivner snaps a photo of Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant and Batson Children's Hospital patient K.J. Fields, who lit the hospital Christmas tree during BankPlus Presents Light A Light. The event, the oldest of Friends of Children's Hospital fundraisers, is the traditional start of the holiday season at UMMC.
Kelly Scrivner snaps a photo of Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant and Batson Children's Hospital patient K.J. Fields, who lit the hospital's Christmas tree.

 

Marie is shown in a party dress (Frances Claire Jackson) and in a white gown (Faith Merkh). The two dancers were part of Ballet Mississippi's performance Tuesday at Batson Children's Hospital.
Frances Claire Jackson, left, and Faith Merkhin of Ballet Mississippi appear as Marie in The Nutcracker.