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Staff, residents, community members enjoy the Arkansas Health Center Christmas parade

Date: 12/07/2017

The Lisa Presnall Memorial Christmas Parade and Lighting of the Boulevards was recently presented at the Arkansas Health Center.

The parade featured floats, antique cars, horses, and fire engines.

Following the parade, a lighting ceremony was held. The event was highlighted by Presnall’s husband and daughters turning a massive switch.  

“Lisa Presnall was previously our special services coordinator. She passed away on November 24 after a battle with cancer,” said chaplain and special services coordinator Allan Eakin. “Lisa loved our residents.”

Naming the parade – and lighting luminaries along the center’s boulevard – in Presnall’s honor, is a simple expression of gratitude.

“We chose to make this Christmas parade about Lisa and her dedication to the center,” Eakin stated. “She was loved both by the residents and staff.”

Attendees of the parade and lighting ceremony, also sung Silent Night and participated in a group prayer.

“The parade and lighting ceremony went very well. We had a lot of people from the community in attendance,” Eakin said. “We wanted it to be a community event and one which also benefited our residents. We were able to accomplish both goals.”

Gary Gipson, director of the center, joyfully donned a Santa Claus costume while describing his pleasure with the festivities.

“Our residents like any opportunity to enjoy the Christmas spirit,” he said. “For the staff, this parade brings us together. It has a unique way of making the Christmas season even more special.”

“Events like this are vital to our residents and staff,” said Division of Aging Adult and Behavioral Health Services Director Jay Hill. “Festivities like the parade and lighting ceremony provide an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the holiday together. It’s a great morale boost. It makes everyone grateful for what they have and places each of us in the Christmas spirit.”

Arkansas Department
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(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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