This week NCH launched a 62-day celebration of the NCH Hospital Ball, beginning with a special tree-lighting event and culminating on Feb. 5 with a virtual event. The celebration is a unique alternative to the traditional Hospital Ball gathering, which was postponed this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hospital Ball had been scheduled for Nov. 7 at The Ritz-Carlton Naples.
"COVID-19 continues to change our lives and daily routines, including local traditions such as the annual NCH Hospital Ball – the longest-running annual charity event in Naples," said Paul Hiltz, president and CEO of the NCH Healthcare System. "To celebrate this tradition, we light our beloved banyan tree in the Garden of Hope and Courage at the NCH Baker Hospital Downtown. The tree will be illuminated for 62 days, one day for each year of the Hospital Ball to date."