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Alexandria Designer and Young Patient Collaborate at Children’s Hospital Fundraiser

Fundraiser Lights Up the Season for Young Patients at Children's National

By Marlene Miller

This creation by Alexandria’s Studio Q in collaboration with a young patient was valued at $2,500 in the auction. (Photo: Steve Hunt)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – A stark white Christmas tree topped with a Santa hat and with tiny white mice scurrying beneath a whimsical snowfall was Alexandria designer Quintece Hill-Mattausek’s contribution, in collaboration with patient Nolan, to the elegant Light Up the Season Fundraiser for Children’s Hospital held Dec. 15 at the Four Seasons in Georgetown.

Professional designers worked with young patients to produce trees, mantle toppings, doll houses and more, all for sale at the event to help Children’s fulfill its mission of improving the health and well-being of area children.

Tiny mice scurry around to decorate their tree under a whimsical snowfall. (Photo: Steve Hunt)

Nolan’s idea was based on his favorite Christmas book, “If You Take a Mouse to the Movies.”

Children and adults alike enter Gingerbread Candyland through an enormous gingerbread house. (Photo: Steve Hunt)

While their parents shopped at pop-up boutiques, browsed and bid on the stunning holiday creations and enjoyed various adult libations, the young attendees entered a fantasy land through a giant “gingerbread” doorway and created felt gingerbread men, edible ornaments and stenciled Christmas plates as souvenirs of their afternoon.

Making their own ornaments was part of the fun. (Photo: Steve Hunt)

WUSA’s Adam Longo emceed a show of performances by several groups of young dancers and musical groups.

Children’s Dr. Bear hugged the young visitors. (Photo: Steve Hunt)

For information about the 2020 Light Up the Season event visit

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