National Museum of Catholic Art and Library - Press Release - A Georgetown Victorian Christmas House


December 9, 2011
Contact: Christina Cox  (917) 750-0014 or (202) 450-5707

A Georgetown Victorian Christmas House
Benefiting the National Museum of Catholic Art and the US Marine Corps' Toys for Tots
The GeorgeWalterSmithMansion,  3248 N Street NW Washington, DC

A Holiday Cocktail Reception
Thursday, December 15, 2011, 5 pm to 8 pm 
$100, tax-deductible to the National Museum of Catholic Art

A Children's Party Benefiting Toys for Tots
Saturday, December 17, 2011, 1 pm to 4 pm
$25 tax-deductible to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots

The National Museum of Catholic Art, Chiurazzi International and Washington Life Magazine will host two Holiday events on Dec. 15 and 17 respectvely at the Historic General Walter Smith Mansion, a 12,000 square foot residence in the heart of Georgetown. The event is co-hosted by Christina Cox, the Catholic Museum's president and founder, John H. Arundel, Associate Publisher of Washington Life Magazine, Jon Cecchi of IDI Group Companies, Gordon Root, Managing Director of Churiazzi International and Franco Nuschese, owner of Cafe Milano restaurant in Georgetown.

Three time Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist Ski Johnson and the Alexandria Choral Society will perform Holiday favorites. The proceeds of the cocktail reception will go towards holiday programs and activities for children in need with the U.S. Marines Corps' Toys for Tots program. Attendees will be able to bid on a Grammys Experience with Ski,  including airfare and hotel to L.A. and the opportunity to walk the Red Carpet at the Grammy Awards next February. Proceeds also to benefit the Jazz for Life Foundation.  

“Grammys Red Carpet Event, dinners for 2 at Georgetown Top Restaurants, jewelry items for sale, Christmas items and artworks. Special Room rates will be given to guests who stay at the Jefferson Hotel. General Motors will have 10 new 2012 car’s park outside the mansion to give residents a wonderful holiday ride in some of the most expensive sports cars this season.

The National Museum of Catholic Art collection includes the famous "Blue Madonna" and "The Adoramus "painting by John Plummer Ludlum which glows in the dark with acrylic fluorescent paints. A life size Nativity set hand painting in the Philippines will also be on display. Asa Williams, art collector will speak about the history of the artist and the secrets of the Nativity painting. 

Special thanks to retired U.S. Marine Major Chuck Kilbride, for delivering 300 donated toys; to Michael Federico of Liberty Moving and Storage, to John Cecchi of IDI Group Companies for loaning us the George Walter Smith Mansion, that will be renovated next year at sold for the asking price of $6.3 million; to Cafe Milano's owner Franco Nuschese who is donating the catering; to Joseph Cinque of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences who is presenting the AAHS award to the winning chef of the best judged Gingerbread house; to Gordon Root, Managing Director of Chiurazzi International, who will be holding a silent auction of six bronze pieces from Masterpiece Investment Charities.

Sponsors of the event include Liberty Moving and Storage (United Van Lines), The Jefferson Hotel, General Motors, Café Milano, Chiurazzi International, the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and The Alexandria Choral Society.

For more information contact Christina Cox at (917) 750-0014 or