Light Up the Season

I was crushed when the old Georgetown Jingle stopped—it was an annual fundraiser for children’s cancer programs at Georgetown Hospital, founded and supported by the DC design community. Each year designers would decorate elaborate trees, wreaths, mantel displays and tablescapes throughout the pubic spaces at the Four Seasons, all of which would be auctioned.

But a new form of it is back! This time, the charity is Children’s National Health System, which also benefits from the money raised at the annual DC Design House. This year’s fundraiser is THIS SUNDAY, Dec. 3, but the designers’ displays will remain up at the hotel through Dec. 20, so if you’re strolling through Georgetown this holiday season, stop in and take a look.

Here are scenes from the opening reception this week, featuring the designers and their creations, which were inspired by hospital patients and other children connected to the health system—many of whom helped their design partners produce the displays.







Niermann Weeks (the firescreen features the Children’s National Health System logo) 



Aidan Design (I adore this tree that’s a tribute to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series!)






At right, Ashley Greer of Atelier Ashley, who made the wreath behind her with Laura Dowling, the White House florist for the Obamas. 




Allie Mann and Alexandra Hubbard, Case Design


Brian Fell, B&B Italia; Julia Walter, Boffi Georgetown



Sunday’s fundraiser is a great deal for families — the afternoon event (from 1-4 pm) is just $250 for a family of four. Here is a description:

The fun-filled afternoon will include activities for all ages, such as holiday cookie decorating, ornament making, a visit from Santa and Children’s National Dr. Bear mascot, musical performances and youth entertainers, silent auction, and light fare and libations. In addition, guests will be encouraged to write holiday cards for Children’s National patients. The Creative & Therapeutic Arts Services at Children’s National worked with the Children’s Health Board to pair designers with patients for inspiration and, along with artistic liaison Lisa Tureson of Studio Artistica, will continue to provide creative services throughout the event.

Tickets for the event can be purchased here. If you miss it, stop by before Dec. 20 and check out these beautiful creations. There are signs next to each tree and display explaining the inspiration and the story behind the decorations.