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Photo by Member Mark Krancer, Kram Kran Photo


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9/7/2023 4:00:00 AM Member News


The Art of Gathering features interior designers, art and antiques dealers, and more


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Sept. 7, 2023) – The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital proudly announces the dates and schedule of The First Coast Design Show.

The fundraising event benefitting Wolfson Children’s Hospital is Dec. 1-3, at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The 2023 First Coast Design Show, “The Art of Gathering,” honors the long-standing tradition of collecting and celebrates the relationships that are nurtured throughout the home.

“The First Coast Design Show includes beloved antiques, art and garden dealers from around the region, inspiring vignettes from talented interior designers and immersive events,” said Kendra McCrary, President of The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital. “Most importantly, the show supports our commitment to raise $1.5 million for two new Kids Kare Mobile Intensive Care Units (ICUs), part of Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Transport fleet, including necessary life-support equipment for the transportation of critically ill and injured infants and children by 2024. The Kids Kare Mobile ICUs and helicopter safely transport more than 2,250 infants and children a year to Wolfson Children’s Hospital for emergency critical care, trauma and specialty care. These vehicles save lives.”

On Friday, Dec. 1, the First Coast Design Show will open in the morning with lectures by designers Angie Hranowsky and Melanie Turner. There will be a flower workshop and the popular “Booth Crawl” with designer Juli Catlin. On Friday evening, the Opening Night Gala features dinner and dancing amongst beautifully curated antiques and art.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, lectures include designer and lifestyle expert Danielle Rollins and artist Aldous Bertram. There will be a table setting experience and a cocktail demonstration.

On Sunday, Dec. 3, the Children’s Fashion Show featuring more than 30 former and current Wolfson Children’s Hospital patients is set for 2 p.m. Presented in partnership with Dillard’s, the Children’s Fashion Show honors the inspiration of fashion and self-expression. A reception will follow the fashion show.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 1, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2-3. General show admission is $15 and features antiques, art and garden dealers from around the southeast. Enjoy lunch at the Tea Room or an afternoon coffee and treat at the Pastry Café. The show also presents a gallery wall of local art that is available for purchase, with 50% of the proceeds going directly to the 2023 Kids Kare Mobile ICU Funding Target.

Opening Night Gala tickets start at $150 for Young Collector tickets and $250 for Patron tickets. Lectures are $30 each, and the cost of immersive experiences varies. Book signings will occur at the end of each lecture. Ticketing is required for each event, and ticket quantity is limited.

For more information, including sponsorship and ticket information, visit www.firstcoastdesignshow.com, call 904.202.2886, or email womensboard@bmcjax.com. Follow The Women’s Board and the First Coast Design Show on social media at @firstcoastdesignshow, @thewomensboardwch and www.facebook.com/womensboardwch.




  1. Angie Hranowsky
  2. Melanie Turner
  3. Danielle Rollins
  4. Aldous Bertram



About The Design Show:

The Wolfson Children’s Hospital Women’s Board founded its annual Art & Antiques Show in 1977 to raise community awareness of the hospital’s unique facility and fund state-of-the-art services, programs, equipment and facilities to provide the best health care for all children in the Northeast Florida/Southeast Georgia region. In 2022, the Art & Antiques Show was renamed to the Design Show. 


About The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital:

Established in 1973 by Ellen Cavert, the ongoing mission of the all-volunteer Women’s Board is to raise community awareness and fund state-of-the-art infrastructure, programming and services for Wolfson Children’s Hospital—the only dedicated children’s inpatient health care facility in the region. Since its inception, The Women’s Board has raised more than $31 million in support of Wolfson Children’s Hospital to ensure the advancement of first-rate medical care for all children. Two annual fundraisers, the Art & Antiques Show and Florida Forum speaker series, enable the Women’s Board to donate more than $1 million a year to Wolfson Children’s Hospital.


About Wolfson Children’s Hospital of Jacksonville:
Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, is a part of Baptist Health, Northeast Florida’s most comprehensive health system serving every stage of life. Wolfson Children’s Hospital is the only children’s hospital in Northeast Florida and serves as the pediatric referral center for North Florida, South Georgia and beyond. Staffed 24/7 by pediatric nurses and other healthcare professionals specially trained to work with children, the 281-bed, patient- and family-centered hospital features the latest pediatric medical technology in a welcoming, child-friendly environment. At Wolfson Children’s Hospital, nationally recognized pediatric specialists representing nearly every medical and surgical specialty work with pediatricians to provide care for children of all ages with congenital heart conditions, cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes and endocrinology disorders, orthopedic conditions, behavioral health conditions, traumatic injuries, and more. Wolfson Children’s Hospital collaborates with pediatric organizations, including Nemours Children’s Health, JacksonvilleUPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the University of Florida College of Medicine—Jacksonville and Mayo Clinic Florida. A Magnet™-designated hospital since 2010, Wolfson Children’s Hospital has been named among the U.S. News & World Report 50 Best Children’s Hospitals year after year, and in 2021, was selected as one of only eight children’s hospitals in the country as a Leapfrog Top Children’s Hospital, a recognition of patient quality and safety. For additional information, please visit wolfsonchildrens.com.