Flaunting the First Coast for the Children

A preview of the 2022 Winter Design Show benefiting Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital

Words by Molly Britt

The Women’s Board of Children’s Hospital is a board of devoted individuals who raise funds for the hospital ensuring the best healthcare available for the children served. One way they raise funds is through an annual event, which this year is the Winter Design Show: Flaunting the First Coast. 

Taking place Dec. 2-4 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, the Winter Design Show “reimagines the beloved Art & Antique Show by featuring the work of top designers and artists as well as current trends in home décor.” Events include a black-tie event and lectures by renowned designers, antique dealers, and physicians, all leading up to the beloved Children’s Fashion Show featuring past and present patients of Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

The lectures feature Emmy-winning host of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and designer/carpenter Ty Pennington; neonatologist and star of TLC’s “The Little Couple” Dr. Jennifer Arnold; chief medical officer of Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville and author Dr. Gary Josephson; and author and acclaimed interior designer Janie Molster and . range from topics on overcoming challenges to designing your own spaces.

With more than 45 exhibitors, the weekend-long show is a great opportunity to shop for holiday gifts while supporting a great cause. “As we reach our five-year, $4 million pledge to fund an endowment to support the new Neonatal Intensive Care Center, we are also marking five decades of helping to bring a world-class children’s hospital to our region,” said Robin Albaneze, president of The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital. “We hope to see thousands of returning and new faces come out to support and enjoy this event … with many new experiences that reflect the best of Northeast Florida.”

The annual event has been raising money for a Wolfson Children’s Hospital for the past 40 years, and this year’s iteration raises funds for the hospital’s new, state-of-the art Neonatal Intensive Care Cente,  an endowment aimed at providing provide programs, equipment, and services for the new center. 

The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital was the first organization to commit to an endowment for the new Borowy Family Children’s Critical Care Tower, and for more than four decades, this highly-anticipated event has helped to support and save the lives of thousands of patients. 

The Women’s Board of Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital was founded in 1973 by Ellen Cavert. Since its inception, the all-volunteer board has raised more than $34 million for community awareness and funds for the hospital’s various programs and services 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit womensboardwch.com.

About Molly Britt

Molly Britt is a multimedia journalist with Folio Weekly, as well as an account executive. As a Jax Beach local and University of North Florida graduate, she is familiar with all things Duval and Northeast Florida. She enjoys investigative journalism and interviews, using her platform to educate and inform the local community with her words. While at Folio, Britt has enjoyed interviews with the likes of Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls and local small businesses such as Femme Fire Books.