The Fours Seasons Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue was especially full of Christmas cheer Dec. 16, as the seventh annual Georgetown Jingle — a benefit for Medstar Georgetown University Hospital’s pediatric oncology programs — expanded its festivities for two parties in Seasons restaurant. The hotel lobby already held Christmas trees, created by a designer for a special patient at the hospital.
Hosted by Fours Seasons and Washington’s interior design community, Jingle rang out for the children first in the afternoon with “Winter Wonderland” and then for the adults with “Pamala Live!” after 7 p.m.
Children met the likes of Ironman and Captain America, enjoyed sweets from Georgetown Cupcake, Dolci Gelati and Paul Bakery. Of course, the star of the day was Santa Claus, who arrived courtesy of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.
With tasting from such restaurants as Bourbon Steak, Rouge 24, Proof, Bibiana Osteria Enoteca, Taco Bamba, Banolero, Katsuya Fukishima, the Source and the Blue Moon, the evening’s fun was highlighted by chanteuse Pamala Stanley with her versions of disco and current pop hits — along with a wide-ranging silent auction that included jewelry, a wine collection, artwork and autographed football helmets.
Washington-area Toyota dealers, courtesy of Darcars Automotive Group, donated a Toyota Prius c as the grand prize for the raffle drawing.
Georgetown Jingle benefits the pediatric programs at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. The funds raised by the 2011 Jingle have established a pediatric bone marrow transplant unit in collaboration with Duke University Hospital, funded unique patient rooms that inspire and support the healing process and funded the special initiatives for the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program.
The funds raised by the 2012 Georgetown Jingle will continue to support the operational and training facilities for the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. This year, the event expands its support to include the growth of social worker and educator support in the pediatric palliative care program to provide the highest quality of life for children and families throughout the course of illness. The programs are directed by Aziza Shad, M.D., one of the region’s most respected oncologists.
Over the past six years, Georgetown Jingle has raised $1.5 million for these pediatric programs. The charitable event helps spotlight childhood cancer, the leading cause of death among American children between infancy and age 15. The 2012 event chair was Donna Shank, the mother of Daniel Shank-Rowe, a Medstar Georgetown University Hospital patient ambassador and cancer survivor.
Each year, Washington’s interior designers festoon a total of 17 holiday-themed trees and vignettes in the lobby of the Four Seasons. Arlington-based designer Michael Roberson was the 2012 design chair. Sandi Hoffman of Sandi R. Hoffman Special Events created the majestic centre tree in the Hotel lobby. The theme for her centre tree is “The Shaker Abecedarious” based on the 1880s children’s alphabet book, “A Peaceable Kingdom,” by Alice Provensen.
Walk through the Four Seasons’s lobby and delight to the work of the other 2012 participating designers with these themes:
1. Barry Dixon Interiors (Barry Dixon) — Holiday Punch, a Taste of the Holidays
2. Sandra Meyers Interior Design (Sandra Meyers) — Bells Will Be Ringing
3. Darlene Solutions (Diane Darling) — Martini Tree
4. JDS Designs (David Herchik and Richard Looman) — Santa’s Candy Land
5. Samantha Friedman Interior Design (Samantha Friedman) — Lego Tree
6. Chistopher Patric Interiors (Christopher Patrick & Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice) — Season’s First Snow
7. Alter Urban, LLC (John Coplen) — Winter Wonderland Dollhouse
8. Case Design (Allie Mann) — Suess-tacular
9. Patrick J. Baglino Jr. Interior Design (Patrick J. Baglino, Jr.) — Journey to Oz and Back
10. The Velvet Frog (Debbie Henry) — Believe
11. Dolci Gelati & JDS Designs, Inc. (Nick Beck Anastasia Kessler) — La Dolce Vida
12. Corcoran College of Art & Design ASID ( Kate Roberson and Whitney Osterhout) — Deconstructed Textile Tree
13. Barnes Vanze Architects (Miriam Dillon and Evelyn Smith) — Festival of Italian Torches
14. Darlene Molnar LLC & ETSK Design (Darlene Molnar and Sara Knowles) — Storybook Tree
15. The Queen Bee (Allison Priebe Brooks, Paul Baldwin and Don Patron) — 12 Days of Christmas
16. Housework Interiors (Dee Thornton) — Paint the Holidays