Georgetown Jingle Plays a Comforting Child’s Cancer Tune of Hope

GTJingle Will, Sarah, Jarla, Bill UlmanLinda Roth writes the Latest Dish column for Foodservice Monthly – the monthly insider’s recounting of the goings on in the DC dining scene. The current column is here: Download FSM latest 1211. As a resident of Georgetown, she also works as our investigative reporter … looking for even more good deeds where members of the restaurant community donate time, talent and great food, like at the Georgetown Jingle held Sunday at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC.

In the photo are members of the RIS team: Will Quartel, Sarah Biglan, Jarla and Bill Ulman.

The event benefits the mission of Georgetown University Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation. The hospital specialists deliver compassionate family-centered, state-of-the-art clinical care and education through a multi-disciplinary approach in an academic environment grounded in spiritual and ethical values. Since 2006, the Georgetown Jingle team has supported that mission by raising funds to support the creation and establishment of a Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Georgetown University Hospital (GUH). In addition, the proceeds from the Georgetown Jingle have also supported the Cancer Survivorship Program at Georgetown University Hospital. The program at Georgetown University Hospital provides comprehensive on-going follow-up care for children to ensure they have a fulfilled life after cancer. This year, the 2011 Georgetown Jingle, will expand its support to include support for the continued growth and evolution of the Pediatric Palliative Care Program. Palliative care is a new medical and nursing specialty devoted to relieving pain and providing physical, psychological, and spiritual comfort to patients who have complex or challenging problems associated with serious illness.

The family-friendly holiday extravaganza is hosted each year by Four Seasons Hotel, JDS Designs, and The Washington Design Center.

The Georgetown Jingle offers something for everyone. Each year, CVS/pharmacy sponsors a Children’s GT Jingle PerrySmith JohnDonnelly JohnMcArthur CarlosCastera Workshop, where young guests decorate holiday treats, do craft projects, meet Santa and friends, and enjoy kid-friendly food. Georgetown Jingle guests also sample culinary creations and libations from top area restaurants including RIS, matchbox, Four Seasons Hotel, Hudson’s, The Source, Paul Bakery and Hill Country Barbecue. In the photo to the right are the matchbox team: Perry Smith, John Donnelly, John McArthur, Caros Castera.

Over the past five years, the Georgetown Jingle has raised $1.7 million for these pediatric programs. The 2011 event co-chairs are Cynthia Bruno, mother of a former Georgetown University Hospital patient and cancer survivor, and Tamara Darvish, vice president of DARCARS Automotive Group.

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Michael Birchenall is Editor and Publisher of Foodservice Monthly, a regional trade publication covering the foodservice industry of the Mid-Atlantic (DE, DC, MD, VA). Foodservice Monthly has been recognized as the Restaurant Association of Maryland's Allied Industry Member of the Year and by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington as the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year.

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