Women’s Board readies to Flaunt the First Coast

Women’s Board readies to Flaunt the First Coast
Show Chairs Kristina Powell, Kymberly Wolfson and Heather Creel at the preview party during an evening to share details about the Winter Design Show on Sept.9 The show will take place the weekend of Dec. 2- 4 at the Prime F. Osborne III Convention Center.

It’s a big year for the Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, one that holds special importance for many reasons, chief among them is 50 Years of service to community during its Golden Jubilee year. This year also happens to be a step in an entirely new direction, with the new branding of the Winter Design Show replacing the Art & Antiques Show of generations past.

The theme – Flaunting the First Coast – will highlight the uniqueness of North Florida, curated by local Creative Director Fitz Pullins. Pullins, of Avondale, is known for his design mind and is the complete package – with knowledge and talent for curating interior design and fashion design alike. Patrons will have the opportunity to stroll through five distinctive neighborhoods from Amelia Island to The Beaches, Mandarin to South Jacksonville, Downtown to Northwest Jacksonville, and finally, features The St. Johns River in its depiction of the Bold City’s best.

Every inch of the event has been reimagined, where guests will also be able to experience a new partnership with Southern Grounds, as carefully curated seasonal, artisanal treats from the Blueberry Bakery pop up café, tasty treats at the Cookies & Coffee bar, or lunch in the classic Tea Room are all reset and offer new options. The flavors of the First Coast are baked into all the experiences, to include an offering of the Golden Jubilee cake created specifically for the occasion.

“We’re very excited about the show this year,” said Robin Albaneze, President of the Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, “…because of its newness. The layout is completely different from what people expect from the [past] show.” She also mentioned a plethora of local talent will be on display – from top interior designers, artists, galleries and jewelers – a mix of antique dealers will also be included.

On opening day, Friday Dec. 2, the schedule will feature a lecture breakfast at 9 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. engagement with Ty Pennington, TV personality, artist and author, who will speak about and sign his book Good Design: A Place to Rest Our Minds and Bodies. Pennington will then be followed a lunch and learn with Dr. Gary Josephson at 12:30 p.m. Josephson is a pediatric Otolaryngologist and author of the acclaimed motivational, self-help book titled Ordinary to Extraordinary: Seven Principles for Life Success. Josephson is also Chief Medical Officer for Nemours Children’s Specialty Care in Jacksonville and will be on hand to sign books. The Opening Night Gala will close out the first day with the black tie and gown draped evening full of the social season’s best attire at the Benefactor Reception.

Following the opening day, the schedule on Saturday features a 9 a.m. lecture breakfast, followed by Dr. Jennifer Arnold, author of Think Big, A Motto of Resilience, a book signing will follow; then Janie Molster, an Interior Designer from Richmond, VA will speak about her experiences and present her book House Dressing: Interiors for Colorful Living, which will also feature a signing to follow.


On Sunday, Dec 4. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the final day of the show, the annual Children’s Fashion Show will wrap up the festivities with a fun-filled afternoon rumored to have penguins in tuxedos walking the runway during the themed show, Wild about the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens.

“As we celebrate 50 years of the Women’s Board’s philanthropic giving to Wolfson Children’s Hospital, we are so excited about the new Winter Design Show: Flaunting the First Coast.  The Show is an opportunity to celebrate all of the incredible talent in art and design in our area as well as feature its diverse natural beauty,” shared Kymberly Wolfson, on behalf of her Co-Chairs Heather Creel and Kristina Powell.

“We love the concept of bringing together all of the different neighborhoods from around the First Coast; their sights, sounds, flavors and even smells under one roof with the shared purpose of raising funds and awareness for the children’s hospital that serves them all.  We want to support the community that is so supportive of the Children’s Hospital.  The Winter Design Show will have something for everyone, and we can’t wait to Flaunt the First Coast!”

“The 50th Anniversary is a wonderful way to acknowledge the last 50, while looking forward to the next 50, it’s an exciting time for the Women’s Board,” said Albaneze.

For sponsorship or ticketing information email [email protected], visit womensboardwch.com or call 904-202-2886 for further details.

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