To all of the wonderful supporters of the Care for Kids Shopping Pass Program,

The Board of Visitors is proud to report that in its 15 years of operation the Care for Kids Shopping Pass Program raised more than $3.5 million to benefit the patients and families of Children’s National. We can’t thank you enough for your participation and loyalty to this highly successful program.

Over the last few years, changes in the local retail environment have affected Care for Kids profitability. Although we streamlined the program last year, the effort required for its continued operation is no longer sustainable for our all-volunteer board.

After much deliberation, we have decided it is time to retire Care for Kids. This decision will allow our hardworking board members to spend more time volunteering in the hospital and focus on our A Vintage Affair gala, an evening of fine wine and food pairings to benefit Children’s National. We are sad to see Care for Kids go, but we have two exciting ways you can continue to support Children’s National.

A Vintage Affair, in its 23rd year, will take place on March 7th, 2020, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. This year’s event will be of extraordinary significance, as both The Board of Visitors and Children’s National will celebrate their 150th birthday, which is a momentous occasion for us and for Washington DC. This year’s A Vintage Affair will feature, as always, fine wines and outstanding cuisine from around the world, as well as the opportunity to bid on special wines, unique vacations and dining experiences during the silent and live auctions. Please consider sponsoring A Vintage Affair 2020, or donate an auction item. For more information visit our A Vintage Affair page or email kwilliams@boardofvisitors.com.

In 2018, Children’s National launched Make March Matter, a campaign to unite businesses and the community around helping local children. Through robust marketing and media, Children’s National encourages the community to shop, dine and donate at participating businesses. Partners receive resources and ideas to make participation easy and fun, with little or no impact to their bottom line. This year, more than 110 businesses have joined the campaign, with a goal to raise $1 million for Children’s National. We invite you to Make March Matter, by hosting a fundraising campaign or promotion this month. To learn more and sign up, visit MakeMarchMatterDC.org or contact Tracy Jones at tracy.jones@childrensnational.org.

From all of us at The Board of Visitors and those who care about children, thank you!