NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Lawrence + Memorial Hospital held a tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday night.

The tree lighting ceremony was held in honor of the Lights of Love program at the hospital. The program originally started as a fundraiser for the community to remember loved ones.

The tree lighting ceremony began 38 years ago at Westerly Hospital and it was adopted at L&M five years ago.

The 7th-grade chorus class from Benny Dover Jackson Multi-Magnet Middle School gave a special performance at the ceremony.

The Auxiliary of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital also pledged $100,000 over three years for their new emergency department.