Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - Annual STHS tree-lighting ceremony to honor Dick and Sally Knight

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Annual tree-lighting ceremony to honor Dick and Sally Knight

The 2019 Tree of Life glows in the St. Tammany Parish Hospital lobby. (STHS file image)

By Mike Scott,

One year not so long ago, in preparation for St. Tammany Hospital Foundation’s annual Angels of Light holiday tree-lighting celebration, someone realized the robes worn by the tribute angels adorning the tree were looking a touch … disheveled.  

So, Sally Knight did what Sally Knight so often did. She stepped up and ironed them. All of them. Three-hundred of them, to be exact.

It’s that roll-up-the-sleeves, can-do spirit that made Knight, a longtime volunteer at the St. Tammany Hospital Foundation offices, such a beloved and respected figure. It’s the same spirit that prompted her husband, foundation founding member Richard Knight – a longtime member of the foundation Board of Trustees, as well as the secretary/treasurer of its Executive Committee – to work so tirelessly to help the organization accomplish its goals.

[ Want to pay tribute to a loved one by purchasing an Angel of Light? Click here. ]

On Dec. 10, the foundation will pay homage to the Knights and their generosity by dedicating the 2020 Tree for Life in their memory in a ceremony held in the main lobby of St. Tammany Parish Hospital. The event, which will include holiday music and light refreshments, begins at 5:30 p.m.

Just like in years past, community members can make a donation to the foundation to have a tribute angel on the tree dedicated in the name of a special person of their choosing, with proceeds benefitting St. Tammany Hospice. As has become tradition, the names of those being celebrated by each tribute angel will be read out loud during the ceremony.

All can also rest assured the Knights will be looking down from above with approval – as long as somebody remembers to iron those robes.  

“Dick and Sally were generous contributors to the foundation, leaving a legacy that includes volunteerism, monetary donations and 10 works of art,” foundation Executive Director Nicole Suhre said. “St. Tammany Hospital Foundation will remain forever grateful for their contributions, and I personally feel honored to have known them both.”


What: St. Tammany Hospital Foundation’s annual tree-lighting ceremony to benefit St. Tammany Hospital Hospice.
When: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10.
Where: Lobby of St. Tammany Parish Hospital, 1202 S. Tyler St., Covington.
Details: For more information, including how to sponsor a tribute angel to honor one of your loved ones, visit