The 2014 “And the Winner Is” Event

First of all, we would like to say

THANK YOU

to everyone who came out to support Tracy’s Kids on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. It was an amazing night spent celebrating Tracy’s Kids on the red carpet and at the movies.

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To everyone who came to the event and donated to support Tracy’s Kids, we hope thank you. It is only with your continued support that we are able to continue to do this important work.

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We would also like to thank the following individuals and organizations for helping make our ninth annual event such a great success:

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At the event we presented Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) with the Courage Award for the perseverance and bravery she has shown during her personal battle with cancer. She spoke briefly about her own experiences, and we were honored with all that she shared. You can watch her speech by clicking here.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp at the 2014 And the Winner Is Event

Senator Heidi Heitkamp at the 2014 And the Winner Is Event.

David Cohen, Marcelle Leahy and Matt Gerson present the Courage Award

David Cohen, Marcelle Leahy and Matt Gerson present the Courage Award

We were honored to have the company of many Members of Congress again this year. Our guests included Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA), the 2013 Courage Award Winner Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI), Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA), Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR), Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly was also in attendance.

Tracy's Kids participants and supporters Devan Tatlow and his mother joined us on the red carpet again this year!

Tracy’s Kids participants and supporters Devan Tatlow and his mother joined us on the red carpet again this year!

Here’s a quick roundup of the event, for those of you who were unable to join us.  After Matt Gerson welcomed everyone and spoke briefly about his own fight with cancer and his continued dedication to the Tracy’s Kids cause, Tracy Councill introduced Dr. Aziza Shad of Georgetown’s Lombardi Cancer Center. Dr. Shad spoke of the positive impact that Tracy’s Kids has had at the clinic and personally thanked Tracy’s Kids supporters for enabling us to do this important work. Marcelle Leahy introduced David Cohen from Comcast/NBCUniversal to present Senator Heidi Heitkamp with the Courage Award. Melissa Maxfield of Comcast/NBCUniversal then drew the raffle winner for tickets to see Katy Perry at the Verizon Center, and announced the movie theaters where each of the six movies would be screened. Our guests then made their way upstairs to the theaters to enjoy popcorn and the movie of their choice.

As a reminder, the 2014 movies that our guests chose from were:

  •  Gravity – Winner of the DGA’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film [Courtesy of Time Warner]
  • 12 Years a Slave – Winner of the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Picture [Courtesy of 21st Century Fox]
  • American Hustle – Winner of three Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture [Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment]
  • Dallas Buyers Club – Winner of two SAG awards recognizing both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto [Courtesy of Comcast/NBCUniversal]
  • Nebraska – Winner of Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, and from the National Board of Review and LA Film Critics — all recognizing Bruce Dern [Courtesy of Viacom]
  • Philomena – nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actress recognizing Dame Judi Dench [Courtesy of The Weinstein Company]

This year we auctioned artwork done by Tracy’s Kids as well as a piece by Tracy’s Kids Program Director, Tracy Councill. Tracy’s Kids friends and fellow artists, Kari Kant and Sabra Rogers, were also generous enough to donate pieces to our event. The artwork was extremely popular, and gave our guests a chance to see some of the pieces done at each of our program locations.

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It was another great year of “And the Winner Is” – we look forward to seeing you all next year for our 10th Annual “And the Winner Is” and celebrating with you then!

Silent Auction Art!

The format for tomorrow night’s Tracy’s Kids Red Carpet Fundraiser will include a silent auction of some very special Washington, DC-themed works of art. Five are by groups of kids working together at the Tracy’s Kids locations, two by artists who are friends of Tracy’s Kids, and the other by Tracy Councill.  For a sneak peek at the items, take a look at the photos and descriptions below. Hope to see you there!Fourth of July Monument

1. Washington Monument on the Fourth of July: 38 inches wide and 60 inches tall, acrylic paint on unstretched canvas. Created by patients at the Lombardi Cancer Center, working collaboratively using syringes and hospital equipment, in addition to conventional art materials, to  pay homage to the Monument in its scaffolding during renovation.
Cherry Blossom Monument
2. Washington Monument at Cherry Blossom Time: 37 inches wide and 60 inches tall, acrylic paint on unstretched canvas. Created by patients at the Lombardi Cancer Center, working collaboratively using Operating Room sponges create the effect of the blocks the Monument is made of, and hospital toothbrushes to make the cherry blossoms, in addition to conventional art materials.
Washington Monument Kite Festival
3.Washington Monument during the Kite Festival: 39 inches wide and 60 inches tall,  acrylic paint on unstretched canvas. Created by patients at the Lombardi Cancer Center, working collaboratively using Operating Room sponges create the effect of the blocks the Monument is made of, in addition to conventional art materials. Each participant designed an origami paper kite to represent him or herself,  flying around the monument grounds.
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4. Washington Skyline Composite Painting: 40 inches wide and 36 inches tall (approximate), assemblage of canvas boards, acrylic and mixed media, mounted on foam core. Painting was created by inpatients and outpatients at Children’s National Medical Center, showing the Washington DC skyline as visible from their hospital windows.
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5. The Alamo: 38 inches wide and 27 inches tall, assemblage of canvas boards, acrylic and marker, mounted on foam core. Created by patients and families members at the newest Tracy’s Kids program at Methodist Children’s Hospital, San Antonio, TX. Even kids in isolation for Bone Marrow Transplant could participate in this group project because the individual canvases were painted separately and put together after!
Jefferson Memorial
6. The Jefferson Memorial at Cherry Blossom Time: 16×20 inches framed, soft pastels on paper. This pastel painting was created especially for this event by TK Program Director, Tracy Councill. Tracy earned her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MA in Art Therapy from The George Washington University. In addition to her work with Tracy’s Kids, she continues to create and show her own drawings, paintings and block prints.
Light Square
7. Light Square #2: 30×30 inches, Acrylic and molding paste on canvas, by Kari Kant, www.karikant.com. Kari Kant is a professional artist based in Washington, D.C. with a studio in the Newseum Residences. Influenced by Post-Impressionist artists such as Vincent Van Gogh she has adapted techniques such as the thick application of paint and the distortion of form for expressive effect to create her own unique use of texture and color.
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8. Washington DC at Night: 30×40 inches, Acrylic on Canvas,  by Sabra Rodgers, age 11.  Sabra is an evolving artist from McLean, VA who has donated her time and work to Tracy’s Kids. This piece is her latest contribution.

Thank-you!!

At Tracy’s Kids 2013 was a really busy year. Here is a sampling of what we’ve been up to:

  • We began and ended the year with work on display at Carroll Square Gallery, 975 F St, NW, Washington, DC. Our current show is up through January 24, so there’s still time to take it in.
  • Our first ever music video “Tracy’s Kids Keep your Head Up!” went up on Youtube. (Still one of the most cheerful videos on Youtube!)
  • Art exhibit at Lombardi Cancer Center
  • Another successful Red Carpet Fundraiser in February
  • an entry in the Washington Post Magazine’s Peeps Diorama Contest that didn’t win, but made the Kids’ Post
  • a great story about us on the Voice of America
  • the launch of our Junior Monet art gift site
  • a summer mosaic mural project led by students at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School
  • creating American flag-themed art for a show with abstract painter Kari Kant
  • inpatient space renovations at Georgetown and Methodist San Antonio
  • two mentions on the news in San Antonio, TX
  • a comprehensive Program Evaluation by participants in all five programs
  • an art show at Life with Cancer Center
  • celebrating holidays with the kids at all the hospitals
  • creating “gingerbread men” decorations for soldiers in Afghanistan
  • leading art activities to support staff  in all our locations
  • creating art about the famous sights of  Washington and San Antonio for our Carroll Square show
  • and in one amazing week in December building and decorating Nationals Stadium out of gingerbread with help from players Ross Detwiler and Denard Span, hosting Santa’s visit to the kids at Georgetown/Lombardi Center, and opening our latest show of work by Tracy’s Kids at Carroll Square!!

Here’s a photo gallery of some of the year’s highlights:

  • Exam table paper transforms the inpatient unit hallway into an art studio.

    Exam table paper transforms the inpatient unit hallway into an art studio.

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    Balloon Hat

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    Tracy's Kids at Carroll Square 2012

    Tracy’s Kids at Carroll Square 2012

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    Tracy's Kids team with Kari Kant and Sabra Rogers

    Tracy’s Kids team with Kari Kant and Sabra Rogers

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    David Cohen of Comcast/NBCUniversal, Marcelle Leahy, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman Dave Camp and Matt Gerson

    David Cohen of Comcast/NBCUniversal, Marcelle Leahy, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman Dave Camp and Matt Gerson

    Big heads on their way to the Red Carpet

    Big heads on their way to the Red Carpet

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We couldn’t do it without support from so many of you, so I want to take one final opportunity to say thank-you:

  •  to the  donors and supporters who make our work possible,
  • the hardworking and dedicated art therapists who bring healing, creativity and laughter to the hospitals every day,
  • the hospitals and healthcare teams who welcome us so warmly, and community partners like Hope for Henry, Growing Hope and Life with Cancer, Hemphill Fine Arts and Carroll Square
  • and most of all our  patients and their families–you bring your hearts, hands and energy to the art tables in all five locations.

Thank-you, thank-you, and Happy 2014 from everyone at Tracy’s Kids!

Kari Kant and Tracy’s Kids

A couple weeks ago American flags created by patients from the DC and Virginia Tracy’s Kids locations were featured in an art exhibit along side the work of artist, Kari Kant. The art show was a lot of fun and we were so happy for the opportunity to share the kids’ artwork!  Thank you again to Kari Kant and to everyone who came out to show their support!

Here are some pictures from the show: 

Tracy's Kids team with Kari Kant and Sabra Rogers

Tracy’s Kids team with Kari Kant and Sabra Rogers

Gretchen and Jess in front of the found object flag created at CCBD of Northern VA.

Gretchen and Jess in front of the found object flag created at CCBD of Northern VA.

Tracy and Kate in front of the syringe painted flag created at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital.

Tracy and Kate in front of the syringe painted flag created at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital.

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String quartet

 

Location Change

Due to the threat of thunderstorms, tonight’s art exhibit, Abstractions by Kari Kant, with additional work by Tracy’s Kids, will be moved to its rain location, the offices of BGR Group, 601 Thirteenth St., NW, Washington, DC, Eleventh Floor. We hope to see you there!

Note rain location at bottom of invitation!!

Note rain location at bottom of invitation!!

What a view!

We are looking forward to Abstractions, by Kari Kant, this Thursday, June 6 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. on the Rooftop Terrace of the Newseum Residences.

Kari is a local artist who has adopted Tracy’s Kids as a charitable partner for her show. Each of our local Tracy’s Kids locations created a beautiful peice of American Flag themed art to display, along with Ms. Kant’s abstract paintings and American Flag themed work.

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CNMC Flag

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Rooftop Terrace

Lombardi Flag

Lombardi Flag

LWC Flag

Life with Cancer/Inova Flag

CCBD Flag

CCBD-NoVa Flag

    I got to visit Kari and deliver the art on Saturday, and I was bowled over by the view of Washington. Participants in Tracy’s Kids and our local friends are invited to attend–but please let us know if you can make it. Meanwhile, please enjoy this sneak preview of the view from the building and the flags from Tracy’s Kids!

Abstraction, by Kari Kant

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A local artist, Kari Kant, will be showing her new abstract paintings in the Rooftop Terrace of the Newseum Building on June 6. She chose Tracy’s Kids as a charitable partner–a portion of her sales will be donated to Tracy’s Kids!

One of Ms. Kant’s motifs is the American Flag, creatively abstracted, so each Tracy’s Kids location is hard at work creatting a group piece of art on the Flag theme to be included in the show. Patients, families and friends of Tracy’s Kids are welcome to attend the Thursday evening event, but please let us know if you plan to attend so we can put your name on the list.