Each year the event offers entertainment for families and an auction of designer-decorated Christmas trees. In the last six years, the Georgetown Jingle has raised $1.5 million for childhood cancer programs at Georgetown.
Dr. Aziza Shad told Patch in an interview in 2010 that everything the jingle is about revolves around children battling and suriving cancer.
"It is our job as the community, as physicians, as supporters of this program to support them because every penny is raise goes to make their lives better."
Shad, one of the region’s most respected oncologists, runs the programs at Medstar that the Jingle supports.
"They've taught me humility, hope, courage and never to give up," she told Patch about her young patients.
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Each year designers partner with a patient ambassador, the children and young adults who put a face to the cause. The designers interpret a theme that they develop with the help of the patient ambassodors.
This year 17 trees add holiday cheer to the Four Seasons lobby. The center tree, designed by Sandi Hoffman of Sandi R. Hoffman Special Events, interprets the theme “The Shaker Abecedarious,” which is "based on the 1880’s children’s alphabet book A Peaceable Kingdom by Alice Provensen," according to a press release.
The other 2012 participating designers, with their themes, are:
- Barry Dixon Interiors (Barry Dixon) – Holiday Punch- a Taste of the Holidays
- Sandra Meyers Interior Design (Sandra Meyers) – Bells Will Be Ringing
- Darlene Solutions (Diane Darling) – Martini Tree
- JDS Designs (David Herchik & Richard Looman) – Santa’s Candy Land
- Samantha Friedman Interior Design (Samantha Friedman) – Lego Tree
- Chistopher Patric Interiors (Christopher Patrick & Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice) –Season’s First Snow
- Alter Urban, LLC (John Coplen) – Winter Wonderland Dollhouse
- Case Design (Allie Mann) – Seusstacular
- Patrick J. Baglino Jr. Interior Design (Patrick J. Baglino, Jr.) Journey to Oz and Back
- The Velvet Frog (Debbie Henry) – Believe
- Dolci Gelati & JDS Designs, Inc. (Nick Beck Anastasia Kessler)
– La Dolce Vida
- Corcoran College of Art & Design ASID ( Kate Roberson & Whitney
Osterhout) – Deconstructed Textile Tree
- Barnes Vanze Architects (Miriam Dillon & Evelyn Smith) –
Festival of Italian Torches
- Darlene Molnar LLC & ETSK Design (Darlene Molnar & Sara
Knowles) – Storybook Tree
- The Queen Bee (Allison Priebe Brooks & Paul Baldwin) – 12 Days
- Housework Interiors (Dee Thornton) – Paint the Holidays
The silent auction includes the fully-decorated trees as well as other goodies like vacations get aways, signed memorabilia, dining experiences and more.
The event usually centers around a kid-friendly day, but this year the Jingle will offer two "acts."
According to the press release, "The first act, Winter Wonderland, a family-centric afternoon, will be from 1 to 4 p.m. and the second act, Pamala Live!, an adult-only cabaret evening, will be from 7 to 11 p.m."
Georgetown businesses are supporting the event through donations.
In the evening adult-only second act look for drinks and bites from top chefs at Georgetown and DC restaurants like BOURBON STEAK, Rouge 24, Proof, Bibiana Osteria Enoteca, Graffiato, The Source, among others.
According to the press release tickets (available here www.georgetownjingle.com) are:
"$150 per person, $350 for families of four, $50 for kids 3-18, and free for children under 2. The ticket price includes all event features – food, open bar, entertainment, tree/vignette displays, silent auction and much more."
Check out our coverage of the Georgetown Jingle from previous years.