The Campagna Center, Goodwin House Partner to Benefit Alexandria's Children

Organizations Collaborate on Chair Decorating Project

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The paint brushes have been summoned, the creative caps have been donned, and the artistic juices are flowing! Residents of Goodwin House Alexandria are working feverishly to create and design artistically decorated children’s chairs. The chair decorating project is part of a fundraising initiative for The Campagna Center’s 37th Annual Toast to Alexandria. Completed chairs will be auctioned off at the Toast on Sunday, May 20, 2007. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the programs of The Campagna Center, Alexandria’s leading children’s organization.

Emily Gilbert, a resident artist working on the chair project, stated that the reason she got involved is that “it sounded like fun and serves a great purpose!” She also said that she knew the Campagna Center Founder, Elizabeth Ann Campagna and since she also had lived at Goodwin House Alexandria, it made this project even more meaningful.

In April, The Campagna Center—in conjunction with the Honorable Marian Van Landingham, a member of The Campagna Center Board of Directors—reached out to local artists interested in creating a chair. The Goodwin House residents responded with great enthusiasm, volunteering to decorate five children’s chairs.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with the community at large as well as creatively support our residents,” said Pauline Daniels, Goodwin House Alexandria’s Creative Arts Coordinator, who spearheaded the initiative.

Each Wednesday, approximately nine residents gather in the art studio to paint and decorate a variety of children’s rockers, stools, and chairs. Work on many of the chairs is still underway, but proposed concepts include a splatter-painted chair, a piano-themed chair, and a possible happy-meal-toy chair.

“We’re so grateful for the Goodwin House residents’ participation in this project,” said Campagna Center President and CEO Karen Hughes. “The Campagna Center draws together the resources of the Alexandria community to strengthen families and provide programs that help children become caring, productive adults. Partnerships and collaborations with community organizations — like Goodwin House — are the cornerstone of our success.”

A gourmet food and wine tasting held at Collingwood-on-the-Potomac, the Toast to Alexandria features specialties from premier area restaurants, vineyards, and breweries. For event information or to purchase tickets, visit


About The Campagna Center

The Campagna Center is proud to be the leading children’s organization in Alexandria, Virginia, caring for more than 1,500 children daily. Since 1945, The Campagna Center has been a beacon of hope and a catalyst for community involvement. Today it operates seven high-quality programs that support children in Alexandria by providing services that allow them to arrive at school ready to learn and ensure they are academically successful at each grade level. For more information, visit


About Goodwin House

Goodwin House Incorporated is a nonprofit, faith-based organization with two continuing care retirement communities that offer life care through a continuum of services and health care. Goodwin House Alexandria is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2007. The Goodwin House organization serves more than 1000 residents and employs 700 staff members. For more information about Goodwin House, call 703-926-5025 or go to the website