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HAMC wins Parade of Lights

December 27, 2013
Tim Chapman - Tribune Editor , Pierce County Tribune

For three evenings, members of the Heart of America Medical Center staff toiled over their float ideas for the Parade of Lights in Rugby on Dec. 12.

The hard work - an estimated 12 to 15 hours - paid off as the HAMC Kidz Next Door gingerbread house float won first place and a $100 prize.

"We have our daycare opening next year, so we tried to have a childlike theme," executive assistant Sandy Hageness said. "We were tickled because we worked so hard on it. You start brainstorming and things start falling together. We all just brought our thoughts together and it worked out."

Article Photos

This gingerbread house was the centerpiece of the Parade of Lights
top-prize winning float
by Heart of America Medical Center.

Tim Chapman/PCT

Hageness was joined by Lyndsey, Kidz Next Door director; Rich Feast, IT director; and Julie Baustad, nursing director.

Highway 2 Collision won second place and a $50 prize for their float, which had Santa Claus dragging behind. Ed Johnson dressed up as Kris Kringle to add a great touch to a bright float.

The float also included a sign reading "Even Santa has Accidents." Bailey Nelson and Jessica Blessum served as the elves. Highway 2 Collision owner Steve Nelson said it was a complete group effort.

"It was a lot of fun," Nelson said. "(Ed Johnson) had fun. It was very enjoyable, so he had a good time. There were a lot of people whistling at him and honking and waving. He said he had a blast."



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