Introducing the Newest Addition to a Family Tradition: Blinkin’ Binkies

Jim Young has been a part of Howard County General Hospital’s Executive Management team since 2004 and he and his family have supported the hospital in many ways over the years- including one very special annual tradition- the Symphony of Lights

The Young family first attended Symphony of Lights in 2001 when their daughters Bailey and Ali were 5 and 3, and, according to Jim Young, it has become an annual tradition. The family makes Symphony of Lights the last stop before hitting the road to visit family members in Kentucky and Illinois for the holidays. “When the girls got a little older, I would let them steer as we drove through Symphony of Lights,” recalled Young, senior vice president of Finance/Chief Financial Officer of Howard County General Hospital. who stresses that they would go slow and he was in control of the brake and accelerator. “They would sit on my lap and take turns steering through the display. The sharp left turn by Toby’s Dinner Theater, near where the polar bears played on the hill, was the toughest turn for the girls to navigate. Dad had to help a little at that turn.”

But this year will be extra special for the Young family. Bailey, who now has her driver’s permit, will be behind the wheel, while her sister Ali solves the word jumble.  And… for the first time, baby sister, Tori, will be along for the ride!  Baby sister, Victoria  Grace Young, made her debut on September 24.  “The whole family was in the delivery room to experience the miracle of life,” recalled Young, “Needless to say, it was a very emotional experience. We are very thankful to Dr. Vourlos and nurse Beth for such a wonderful experience in the delivery room as well as the Maternal Child Unit staff for the great care of mom and baby.”

A tradition-oriented family, the Youngs see their annual trip through Symphony of Lights as a sign of the beginning of their Christmas travels, and, for them, time spent with family is a wonderful thing.

If you want to join the Youngs in kicking off the holiday season, please attend our Symphony of Lights festivities, including Blinkin’ Binkies: Thursday, Dec. 6, 4:30–5:45 p.m. For more information about this year’s events, visit


The Young Family