Second Annual Light Up the Season Event to Benefit Children’s National Hospital Will Be Held Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC

December 3, 2018,
Washington, DC, U.S.A.

Light Up The Season is a family-friendly community fundraising event to benefit Children’s National to be held on Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. It is co-hosted by Children’s Health Board and Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC.

This event highlights collaborations between Children’s National patients and notable area designers and artists. Together, they will create holiday trees, mantelpieces, wreaths, menorahs and artwork – all available for purchase. The holiday decor will be on display through December 20, 2018 and will be available to purchase during this timeframe, as well as at the December 16 event. Proceeds benefit Children’s National. Activities for all ages include holiday cookie decorating, ornament making, musical performances and visits from Santa and Dr. Bear. Entertainment expert Penny Lyons of Lyonslifestyle will offer an exclusive presentation focused on her “making the ordinary extraordinary” approach to entertaining at home.

April McClain-Delaney, regulatory attorney and Washington Director of Common Sense Media, will serve as this year’s Light Up The Season Honorary Chair. McClain-Delaney is a longtime advocate for children. She has served on the Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, was named an outstanding woman alumnae by Georgetown Law Center, is a John Carroll Society Awardee and is married to Maryland Congressman John Delaney.

Event Co-Chairs Shannon Burkhart, Susan Hayes-Long and Muffin Lynham are working closely with design advisors Barry Dixon, Lauren Liess and Frank Babb Randolph. The event will include holiday décor, and more, by:

The Light Up The Season Décor Advisor is Quintece Hill-Mattauszek of Studio Q Designs, who is incorporating this year’s Home for the Holidays theme throughout the event.

Entertainment includes Metropolitan School of the Arts (dance), The Georgetown Saxatones Acapella Group, Rhythmaya Dance (Bollywood fusion) and Reggie Rice Comedy Illusionist. Popup shops include Akseizer Design Group, Christi Perez Designs, Dalton Brody, Georgetown Paperie, Marika Meyer Textiles, Mary Making Design, Melitta P LLC, Scout, Sonya Flanagan, Tuckernuck, and Whyte House Monograms.

Spotlight Sponsors are Honorable John Delaney and April McClain-Delaney and CapitalSource Charitable Foundation. Starlight Sponsors are Hart Health Strategies, Inc., RBC Wealth Management, and Whittle School & Studios. Sunlight Sponsors are Diana and Stephen Goldberg and Rosalia and Richard Miller. Twilight Sponsors are The Dimmick Foundation, Norma and Russ Ramsey Family Foundation, Diane and Peter Schaefer, Anna, Robert and Sophia Trone, and the Wessel Family.

Food and drink sponsors to date include Jos. A. Magnus & Co., Pinstripes Bistro, Ridgewells Catering, and Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the event are USD 50 per child 16 and under, USD 85 per adult for the family event and USD 250 per family of four (two adults and two children 16 and under). Lyonslifestyle presentation with light fare from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm is USD 85. Sponsorships range from USD 500 to USD 20,000. Press passes are available. Press Day is December 6, 2018 – more info and invite to follow.

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Light Up The Season is made possible, in part, through the generosity of Spotlight Sponsors Honorable John Delaney and April McClain Delaney, Capital Source Charitable Foundation. DM Luxury is the exclusive media sponsor for this event.

About Children’s National

Children’s National, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centres in the DC metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

About Children’s Health Board

Founded in 1866, Children’s Health Board (CHB) works with Children’s National to advance the health and well-being of children in our community, especially those most in need, through advocacy, education, prevention and early intervention. Over the years, CHB has evolved into a visionary partner, affiliate, and service board of Children’s National with a history of championing innovation and best practices in pediatric community health. Over the past 20 years, Children’s Health Board has awarded approximately USD 5 million in grants to more than 200 Children’s National programs.