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Young Patient, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to Light Holiday Tree at Annual Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Event

More than 400 area volunteers from community organizations to decorate holiday trees

WHO: Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) patient Ellie Stiernagle, age 3 of Frisco, Texas
More than 400 community members representing area organizations
Santa Claus
Town North Concert Band
TSRHC patients, families, volunteers and staff

WHAT: To kick off the holiday season, TSRHC will host a holiday tree lighting and decorating ceremony. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and TSRHC patient Ellie Stiernagle, age 3 of Frisco, Texas, will officially light TSRHC’s giant holiday tree. Following the tree lighting, area volunteer groups and TSRHC friends, representing Dallas-area organizations, will decorate trees placed throughout the hospital. Santa Claus will be present to spread holiday cheer, and the Town North Concert Band will provide holiday music. Following the decorating extravaganza, dinner will be provided for all participants.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 29, 2011
5:30 p.m. – Holiday reception begins
5:45 p.m. – Program begins, including lighting of the giant TSRHC holiday tree
6:20 p.m. – Decorating of more than 50 holiday trees throughout TSRHC begins, and dinner for all participants served

WHERE: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
2222 Welborn Street
Dallas, Texas 75219
*Please meet TSRHC representative at Main Entrance to be escorted to the event.

ABOUT ELLIE STIERNAGLE: Ellie Stiernagle, age 3 of Frisco, Texas, first visited TSRHC this past May. Ellie’s experience at the hospital began in orthopaedics, and since then, she has been seen in neurology where she is treated for toe walking. According to her mom, Ellie has experienced many “firsts” at TSRHC, and says she feels comfortable in the warm hospital environment and appreciates the loving care she receives from the nurses and doctors. Ellie fondly refers to TSRHC as the “Popcorn Hospital.” When Ellie is not playing with her younger brother, Weston, she loves to sing, color, bake and play with her princess dolls. With Ellie’s joyful spirit and caring nature, she is sure to kick off TSRHC’s holiday season and spread cheer to others by lighting the hospital’s holiday tree.

HOSPITAL INFORMATION: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopaedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Admission is open to Texas children from birth up to 18 years of age. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please call (214) 559-5000 or (800) 421-1121 or visit www.tsrhc.org.
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