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Garden Club, St. Luke’s celebrate Arbor Day

The Bethlehem Garden Club plants a white bud tree next to St. Luke’s School of Nursing for Arbor Day April 29. It was dedicated to healthcare workers “who have selflessly toiled during COVID.” After outlining the history of Arbor Day Club president Liz Lorenz said, “Trees are essential which brings us to the essential workers in healthcare.”Sharon Smith chaired the Arbor Day committee and garden club member Barbara Miller read the poem “The Gift of a Tree,” which was written by Lenore Hetrick. St. Luke’s vice president of operations Patricio Manzanares accepted the gift on behalf of the hospital. Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April.

Barbara Miller reads the poem “The Gift of a Tree” by Lenore Hetrick as Arbor Day committee chair person Sharon Smith listens. Both are members of the Bethlehem garden Club.
Arbor Day committee chairperson Sharon Smith presents St. Luke's vice president of operations Patricio Manzanares with a tree dedication plaque along with Bethlehem Garden Club president Liz Lorenz.
St. Luke's administrators Mary Beth Golab, director of communications & marketing, Ashley Swope, vice president of patient care in nursing administration, and Patricio Manzanares, vice president of operations, observe as Bethlehem Garden Club members Sharon Smith and Liz Lorenz deposit ceremonial shovels full of dirt around the newly planted white bud tree.
Bethlehem Garden Club members and St. Luke's officials in attendance gather for a group photo next to the white bud tree that was planted on Arbor Day 2022 to honor healthcare workers during the pandemic. PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBB