Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC Hosts Third Annual Light Up The Season on December 15 to Benefit Children’s National Hospital in Collaboration with the Children’s Health Board

Top designers and patients create stunning holiday décor for family-focused, holiday fun event

December 2, 2019,
Washington, DC, U.S.A.

Light Up The Season, the annual community fundraising event benefiting Children’s National Hospital, will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC. It is co-hosted by the Children’s Health Board and Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC.

This event highlights creative collaborations between Children’s National patients and notable area artists. Their designed holiday trees, mantelpieces, menorah and dollhouse are available for purchase, with proceeds directly supporting programs that improve the health and well-being of children across the Washington, DC region. Activities for all ages include holiday arts and crafts, ornament making, musical performances, pop-up shops and visits from Santa and Dr. Bear.

The lobby of Four Seasons Hotel Washington has been transformed into a festive wonderland including holiday décor by:

Artist Stephane Koerwyn, on exhibit at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC until March 2020, has also donated a painting to the event.

Lesli Foster, weeknight anchor on WUSA9, will emcee the December 15 event. An award-winning journalist with Emmys, Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards, Foster is part of WUSA9’s Special Assignment Unit and leads the “impact coverage” that tackles community issues. A Howard University graduate, her life’s work as a journalist feeds her drive to make a difference in people’s lives.

The Light Up The Season Event Planner is Daniela Paoli of Daniela Paoli Productions. Entertainment includes Levine Suzuki Strings, Melina’s Dancing Garden, Metropolitan School of the Arts, National Theatre “Jersey Boys,” Rhythmaya Dance (Bollywood Infusion), Talent Group for Children, and The Georgetown Saxatones Acapella. Pop-up boutiques to date include Banner Bees, Christi Perez Designs jewellery, KatherineHelena, Melitta cashmere scarves and gloves, Middle Kingdom porcelain, Sterling and Burke, Urban Country, and Whyte House Monograms.

In addition, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC will sell and donate the proceeds of the December 15th sales of the book Fiona at the Four Seasons Washington, DC, written by its own Director of Public Relations and Media Anina Belle Giannini and illustrated by local artist Elena Fay, to the fundraiser. In-kind sponsors to date include Colonial Parking, District DabbleLab, Fabrication Events, Georgetown Cupcake, Georgetown Suites Hotel, Mic’s Moving, Royal Popcorn Factory, PSAV, Spin Spun, and Sugar Tables LLC. The 2019 media sponsor is Washingtonian.

Tickets are USD 50 per child 16 and under, USD 85 per adult and USD 250 per family of four (two adults and two children 16 and under). Sponsorships range from USD 500 to USD 25,000. Press passes are available. Preview/Press Day is December 2, 2019.

For more information, including buying tickets and sponsorships, click here or email


About Children’s National Hospital

Children’s National, based in Washington, DC, has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is the nation’s #6 pediatric hospital and, for the third straight year, is ranked #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 children’s hospital in the nation. Children’s National is recognised 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.


Photos of Light Up the Season 2018, taken by Mervin Duguran