Peace Tree

Thirty-six years ago (1987), the Association of Faculty and Friends (AFF) of Penn State Health, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine began this wonderful project.

A tree on the grounds of the Hershey Medical Center is decorated with white lights in memory of or in honor of a special loved one or person who has touched lives in a special way.

The 37th Peace Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 6pm to 7pm. Tree House Café. Hershey Medical Center Courtyard. 

This tree remains a symbol of Peace, Hope, Unity, Joy, and Love throughout the holiday season. All donors will receive a printed copy of the program which will contain the list of all those individuals who will be honored or remembered this year. Donations received by November 3 will be included in this year’s program booklet.

We thank you for your ongoing support of this tradition and the mission of AFF which is to promote medical education, research, clinical care, and scholarship, and to serve the needs of the community for which we are a part of.

(Last updated 02/29/24)

Peace Tree Lighting Ceremony was held on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 6:00 pm at PennState Health Children's Hospital Tree House Café.
Prelude was performed by Jeff Herbst. Welcoming words were given by Vera Kolstrom, President and event chair, Association of Faculty and Friends. Remarks were made by Steve Massini, Chief Executive Officer, Penn State Health, and Dr. Kristina Newport, Director of Palliative Care Services. The Invocation was given by Dr. David Simmons, Director of Pastoral Care Penn State Health, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Followed by a program of dance, song, music, art, and poetry. The evening concluded with the lighting of the Peace Tree, closing remarks, and reception. For event details, please visit the link. AFF 2023 Peace Tree Program

There were about 79 people attending the Peace Tree Program. Through many generous donations to honor and remember somebody special in the program booklet, the event produced more than $6,500 for the AFF. Thank you.

💙 We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to the speakers, to the many wonderful performers, and to Hershey Medical Center Catering and Chocolate World for providing refreshments for the guests.

Finally, we would like to recognize the following for their contribution to the event:

AFF Volunteers  
Vera Kolstrom
Sydney Gill
Lindsay Karli
Lynn Shirk
Deb White
Eileen Ketcherick
Lisa Braccini- Barletta
Behjat Noori
Jaque Repke
Shwetal Vyas
Heather Mahraj
Staff
Jade Honey
Jen Gulbrandsen
Leslie Einhorn Ravitz
Mary Henry
John Detweiler
Steve Furmanski
Craig Seybert