In December 1989, Jacksonville experienced a rarity in the South—a true winter wonderland. Snow covered the ground, and children went sledding and even made snowmen. It has not snowed much since then in our city, but delightfully, it did again for the 2010 Winter Wonderland Children’s Fashion Show presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and sponsored by Belk−Southern Division.

Often called the “heart of the Art & Antiques Show,” the Children’s Fashion Show featured current and former Wolfson Children’s Hospital patients who came from as far away as Deltona, Fla. Twenty-three sponsors escorted children decked out in the latest fashions from Belk as they made their way down the runway. Shining through the in-house snow flurries were our favorite—Master of Ceremonies, Honorary Art & Antiques Show Chair T. Wayne Davis, raucous Jaxson de Ville, melodious Harvey Williams and stylish Lynn McClow, Belk Special Events Director. The pre-show entertainment was sensational, as students from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind Dance Troupe performed for an overflowing, enthusiastic audience.

The Women’s Board also paid tribute to Women’s Board founder Ellen Cavert and retiring administrator Larry Freeman and his wife, Chris. Inviting Mr. Freeman to serve as an Honorary Fashion Show Chairman, along with Mrs. Cavert, was a small way of saying thank you to a man who dedicated more than 34 years of his life to Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Freeman said, “It is a privilege to be one of the Honorary Fashion Show Chairs. This fashion show represents the great news that comes from Wolfson Children’s Hospital. My heart is filled with joy for each child and his or her family.”

The Winter Wonderland Cupcake Reception was sponsored by Linda and Vince Ferrigno, who conducted everyone in singing “We Love You, Larry,” while waving blue hankies. A huge thank you is owed to Robert Davis, Publix manager, for the delicious reception fare, and to Three Sisters Chocolate and Bakery for its scrumptious snowflake cupcakes.