Local artist and Marion Cross Elementary school art teacher Tracy Smith has made 100 “Stars of Hope” to help celebrate the opening. Smith creates the unique fused glass ornamental stars as a way of reaching out to others. She has gifted or sold at cost thousands of the stars to hospitals all over the country, from the DHMC Breast Imaging Center to the Bon Secours-Stuart Hospital in Richmond, VA.
The Children’s Fund has purchased 70 Stars of Hope at cost from Smith and has gifted one Star of Hope to each family with a child staying at CHaD the night of our opening celebration. Stars of Hope are available for sale at the front desk of the Lebanon Courtyard by Marriott. Hundreds have been sold since the hotel opening in 2006, with a portion of each sale benefitting the Children's Fund.