The late Bob Gant, a respected member of the Conway Regional Health System Board of Directors, was recently honored with an endowed light on the Conway Regional Tribute Tree. The lights are the highest level of recognition.

The Conway Regional Tribute Tree provides an opportunity for people to honor and remember the special people within the community during the holiday season, according to a news release. Gant was a member of the Conway Regional board for 22 years. He served four years as chairman. Grant died in June.

The light was given by Jack and Cheryl Engelkes in recognition of Gant’s longterm dedication to the hospital and the community.

The Health Foundation announced the endowed light for Gant during a reception held at the Frauenthal Estate on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Endowed lights are the highest level of honor, but a variety of giving levels are available with options including lights, ornaments, nutcrackers, angels and stars. The endowed light costs $2,500 as a one-time gift, according to the group’s website. Individuals or groups can be recognized, according to the news release.

Donations to the 2012 Tribute Tree go toward scholarships for students pursuing a career in a health-related field. Conway Regional Health Foundation currently administers ten scholarship funds. These scholarships are funded entirely by contributions from the medical staff, board, employees and the community.

Since inception in 1996, the Foundation has awarded more than $181,400 to area students. These scholarships have helped train future doctors, nurses, therapists and others working in health care.

The tree will remain lighted for public viewing in front of the Conway Regional Surgery Center through Dec. 31. An acknowledgment card will be sent to those who are being honored and their names will be recognized on the Conway Regional Health Foundation donor wall screen, on signs in the East Lobby and on this website as the month progresses.

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