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Vol. LXVI, No. 1
January 3, 2014
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Top Gingerbread House Hardly ‘Despicable’

The Despicable Me gingerbread house shown at lower right was the top vote-getter in the Clinical Center’s 10th annual gingerbread house decorating contest. The “Minion” character from the film Despicable Me was a feature of multiple entries in the contest, which drew a record number of submissions in 2013—more than 50. A Facebook page allowed online viewers to vote for their favorite houses as well.

The Despicable Me gingerbread house shown at lower right was the top vote-getter in the Clinical Center’s 10th annual gingerbread house decorating contest. The “Minion” character from the film Despicable Me was a feature of multiple entries in the contest, which drew a record number of submissions in 2013—more than 50. A Facebook page allowed online viewers to vote for their favorite houses as well. In the photo at right, Clinical Center director Dr. John Gallin (l) presented the top honor to (from l) Patricia McDonald, Lisa Duncan, Nicole Ritzau and Mankaa Abongwa, all of whom are nurses on the 3NE patient care unit. The contest includes a food drive for the Children’s Inn at NIH and this year also featured a children’s book drive. At top, visitors to the display enjoy the creativity of CC employees. Many who passed through the exhibit snapped photos on their cellphones.

Photos: Lena S. Hale, Ernie Branson

Clinical Center director Dr. John Gallin (l) presented the top honor to (from l) Patricia McDonald, Lisa Duncan, Nicole Ritzau and Mankaa Abongwa, all of whom are nurses on the 3NE patient care unit. The contest includes a food drive for the Children’s Inn at NIH and this year also featured a children’s book drive. At top, visitors to the display enjoy the creativity of CC employees. Many who passed through the exhibit snapped photos on their cellphones.
On hand for the judging of parking booth holiday decorations were (from l) Louise Davis, transportation program manager, ORS; Cristen Cravath, family program and community outreach coordinator at the Children’s Inn at NIH; and inn guests Francisco Ramirez, 23, Amairani Ramirez, 18, and Jesus Ramirez, 4, all of Colorado; and Mandie DiCarlo, 17, and her aunt Winnie Scholier, of New Jersey

On hand for the judging of parking booth holiday decorations were (from l) Louise Davis, transportation program manager, ORS; Cristen Cravath, family program and community outreach coordinator at the Children’s Inn at NIH; and inn guests Francisco Ramirez, 23, Amairani Ramirez, 18, and Jesus Ramirez, 4, all of Colorado; and Mandie DiCarlo, 17, and her aunt, Winnie Scholier, of New Jersey.

Inn Guests Rank Parking Booth Décor

Employees of Colonial Parking have been in the habit in recent years of decorating some of their campus parking booths in the spirit of the holidays. On Dec. 17, a group of residents at the Children’s Inn at NIH rode around campus evaluating the décor. They gave their top prize to the lot 4A booth, between Bldgs. 31 and 1.

The booth was swathed in gift wrap from top to bottom, with the message “Merry Xmas NIH” painted on the windows. Extra touches included garlands wrapped around the barriers, which were also topped with gift boxes, lights strung up around the booth and Santa in a canoe atop a card reader.

When the youngsters from the inn showed up on a chilly afternoon, booth attendants invited them inside to see a special treat: they had made a video presentation on an iPad documenting, in both still photos and videos, the decoration effort. Set to the music of Jingle Bells, the short film included such subtitles as “Work Time & Fun Time.”

“We did the decorating day by day, when work was slow,” said one attendant.

“I like your festive decorations,” said one parking patron, exiting the lot. “It really looks nice!”


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