Monongahela Valley Hospital Lights-Up for the Holidays


(November 26, 2019 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospital Lights-Up for the Holidays photo
Gavin Mucci and Colton Muzina flip the switch to turn on the holiday decorations.
On Monday, Nov. 25, Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) flipped the switch on their holiday decorations. The 35th Annual Light-Up Night had members of the community gathered around the MVH campus to watch the lighting of the two-story tree and several acres of decorations throughout campus.

"At the hospital, we look forward to this event every year," said Louis J. Panza Jr., president and CEO of Monongahela Valley Hospital. "We are delighted to open our campus to the community so that our friends, relatives and neighbors can gather to sip hot cocoa, listen to talented local performers and see an amazing Christmas light show right here in the Valley."

The moment of illumination came when two lucky children, 8-year-old Gavin Mucci and 8-year-old Colton Muzina, flipped the giant switch to turn on all of the lighted decorations. The children were chosen at random from among MVH employees' children and grandchildren, ages 5 to 10.

The Mon Valley Ambassadors, performers from the Mon Valley Performing Arts Academy housed at California University of PA., entertained the crowd before the holiday decorations were turned on. MHV's Light-Up Night celebration was the troupe's debut performance. The festivities continued when Mr. and Mrs. Claus made a visit to the hospital's campus.

Throughout the evening, members of the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. sold refreshments. All of the spectacular interior and exterior decorations were produced by Joseph's Nursery and Garden Center in Monessen. Joseph's also provided illuminated toys for children in attendance.

Monongahela Valley Hospital Lights-Up for the Holidays photo
Performers from the Mon Valley Performing Arts Academy entertain the crowd before the decorations were turned on.
Monongahela Valley Hospital Lights-Up for the Holidays photo
The over two-story tree in the hospital's central plaza illuminated and decorated for the holiday.
Monongahela Valley Hospital Lights-Up for the Holidays photo
Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrive at the hospital's outdoor central plaza.


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