CEC - Continuing a tradition of remembrance

November 12, 2019

“I love being able to honor and remember my mother,” said Beebe supporter Ken Jackson Jr., “while at the same time supporting Beebe, which meant so much to her.”

Jackson is one of the very first supporters of Beebe’s holiday fundraising tradition, which has evolved from an outdoor tree-lighting event called Holiday of Lights to the current Holiday of Life indoor display of star decorations.

Ken has sponsored a light or star every year since the original program began in 2003. His gift is always made in memory of his mother, Marjory Ethel Derrickson Jackson, RN, a graduate of the second class of students from the Beebe School of Nursing.

“Holiday of Life has always been a popular and meaningful way for members of our community to give a gift in honor of or in memory of someone special,” said Judy Aliquo, Beebe Medical Foundation president and CEO. “We are grateful to Ken and so many others who choose to remember and honor people who have touched their lives.”

The program is also designed as a charitable way to support Tunnell Cancer Center, and Beebe Healthcare’s Women’s and Children’s Health Services. Gifts can be designated to either service line. “We hope to raise at least $25,000 to support these vital departments at Beebe,” said Aliquo.

Holiday of Life has several levels of giving from $25 to $500, and up to 10 special names can be listed accordingly on different-colored stars. These stars will sparkle with the names of friends and loved ones as they hang on trees displayed at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus and Tunnell Cancer Center throughout the holiday season.

As a community-based, not-for-profit healthcare system, Beebe Healthcare depends on the generous support of individuals, local businesses, corporations and private foundations. To sponsor a Holiday of Life star, go to or call the foundation at 302-644-2900 by Saturday, Dec. 14.

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