Is there a fee to participate in the Christmas Candlelight Ceremony?
No. M.E.N.D. is proud to offer all of our services and ceremonies at no cost to the families that participate. Donations are accepted and appreciated at any time throughout the year. Donors who give $25 or more prior to November 19, 2017 will be considered as a sponsor of the Christmas Candlelight Ceremony and will be acknowledged in the event program. Family sponsorship levels are available as detailed on the donation page.
What Should I Wear to the Ceremony?
There certainly is not a dress code, but most people do dress up a little. Please feel free to wear whatever you’d like.
Can I bring my living children to the Ceremony?
Free childcare is provided for children 6 weeks – 4 years. You are welcome to bring your living children to the ceremony, but keep in mind it is a quiet event and it can be hard for little ones to sit quietly and still for that long.
How long does the Ceremony last?
Usually the ceremony lasts just over an hour.
What if I have registered for The Christmas Candlelight Ceremony and the number of people I registered as attending has changed — or I am now unable to attend?
Please do not register again. Instead, please contact Rebekah Mitchell to report your updated information.
Is there food at the Ceremony?
We provide dessert and coffee following the Ceremony. Please plan to eat dinner prior to arriving for the ceremony.
What time should I arrive for the 7:30 Ceremony?
Doors into the auditorium will open at 7:15, but you are welcome to start arriving by 7:00 to participate in the raffle.
What is the Raffle?
Although the Christmas Candlelight Ceremony is not a fundraising event, we do host a raffle to help offset the expenses of the ceremony. There are several tables full of items, such as restaurant and department store gift certificates, sporting events, health and beauty gift cards and discounts, etc. The raffle tables will open at 6:45pm, and will close just before the Ceremony begins. The raffle will NOT re-open following the ceremony. We accept cash, check and all major credit cards.
We will draw for raffle winners following the ceremony in the auditorium. We strongly request you stay so we do not have to contact you and arrange for you to receive your winnings, however, it is not necessary to be present to claim your item(s).
Looking for the perfect way to remember your baby during this holiday season? Consider ordering a brick in the garden of Hope.
Bricks in the Garden of Hope are installed once a year just before the Walk to Remember each October. If you are interested in ordering a brick, you can place your order on our webpage under Garden of Hope. 2018 brick orders will be open from October 7, 2017 through July 15, 2018. Bricks ordered during that time will be installed prior to the 2018 Walk to Remember.
For Additional Questions
Please contact Rebekah Mitchell.