LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Starlight Children’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to creating moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families, announced today the launch of its newest initiative, the Starlight Design-a-Gown contest. The first-of-its-kind nationwide contest offers kids of all ages the opportunity to create a new design for Starlight’s line of revolutionary children’s hospital Starlight Gowns.
Starlight Children’s Foundation’s Design-a-Gown Contest
Starlight Gowns replace ugly and uncomfortable traditional children’s hospital gowns with ones that are soft and comfortable, tie down the side instead of open in the back and feature brightly colored fun designs that transform kids into astronauts, deep sea divers or their favorite movie characters. Originally launched in the fall of 2016, the program has already provided more than 145,000 Starlight Gowns to hospitalized children across the United States thanks to the generosity of partners and grassroots supporters who have donated a $25 gown.
Starlight’s Design-a-Gown contest is now open for submissions through February 20. Kids and their families can visit starlight.org to download, create and submit a #MyStarlightGown. Finalists will be revealed on March 6, and the public voting period will last two weeks. The winners will be announced on March 21, and thousands of Starlight Gowns with the winning designs will be produced and distributed to Starlight’s network of more than 800 children’s hospitals and other health care facilities nationwide.
“We’re making it fun and easy for kids to get involved in the largest ever public effort to design and distribute better hospital gowns,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation. “We are so grateful to have the support of our amazing corporate partners, celebrity ambassadors and every day kids and families who are rallying to create and help us deliver tens of thousands new Starlight Gowns to hospitalized children across the US.”
The Michaels Companies, Inc., a longtime supporter of Starlight, has signed on as the national retail partner for the Design-a-Gown contest. For every design submitted from February 1 to February 20, Michaels will donate a $25 gown up to a maximum of 10,000 gowns or $250,000. Additionally, beginning February 4, Michaels invites kids and families to visit their in-store classrooms to create their own Starlight Gown design using complimentary arts and crafts supplies.
“A mission as worthy