Light Up A Life to be held in Modesto, Turlock and Oakdale

October 24, 2023

For Immediate Release

Contacts: Kristin Mostowski | Director of Public Relations, Community Hospice | | 209.578.6301

Join Us for the First Annual Light Up A Life Tree Lighting

The Friends of Community Hospice & Health Services are pleased to partner with Turlock Funeral Home and CEO Lonnie Alvares this December, for the first annual “Light Up A Life” tree-lighting ceremony held in our community.

While this is a longstanding tradition for Stanislaus County to have a tree lighting to remember loved ones lost, this will be the first time the event is held in Turlock. Pam DiFrancia, Event Chair, stated that, “Light Up A Life is our most time-honored event. For almost 40 years, we have held a tree-lighting ceremony in Modesto. We are excited to offer the Turlock community this special opportunity to honor and memorialize their loved ones.”

The ceremony will be held at 425 N. Soderquist Road on the grounds of the Turlock Funeral Home. Starting at 5:30 p.m. there will be a cocoa and cookie reception next to the Chapel followed by a brief program and tree lighting.

“We are excited to announce that our former CEO and current Chairman of the Board of Directors of Turlock Funeral Home, Scott Atherton, and his wife, Nancy, will be our first annual Tree Lighters. Scott helped establish Turlock Funeral Home in 2005, and he is pleased to join us in offering our families, friends, and community members a moment of healing and hope,” stated Alvares.

If you or someone you know has lost a person close to them and wishes to honor them with a symbolic light on our tree, or purchase an ornament for your own family tree, please visit

About Community Hospice & Health Services Foundation

Community Hospice & Health Services Foundation, established in 2001, raises funds and awareness for Community Hospice & Health Services, fulfilling the mission to embrace individuals facing life changing journeys, enhancing quality of life for all.

About Community Hospice & Health Services

Community Hospice & Health Services is a nonprofit, community-based agency, serving the Central Valley since 1979. Community Hospice & Health Services embraces more than 2,500 patients and families each year providing support through vital programs including hospice and palliative care for adults and pediatrics, general inpatient care at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House, bereavement support, outpatient mental health counseling for adults and children, and Camp Wokini, a youth camp for children and teens who have experiences loss. For more information about Community Hospice & Health Services programs call 209.578.6300 or visit