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Starlight's First-Ever Design-a-Gown Contest Winner to be Announced

We’re just days away from announcing the finalists in our 2018 Design-a-Gown contest!
Thousands and thousands of people from coast to coast submitted ideas for the next Starlight Gown.
Even celebrities — like Emmy-award winning actor Neil Patrick Harris, homemaking guru Martha Stewart, NFL superstar Jurrell Casey, and cast members from TV’s Modern Family — got in on the fun.

Starlight Gowns are revolutionizing how children experience hospital stays by replacing those stiff, threadbare, embarrassing garments that haven’t changed for generations with soft, bright, breathable, and doctor-approved gowns that kids just LOVE.
A sick child can wear a Starlight Gown to feel like an astronaut, a scuba diver, a race car driver — or even a character from their favorite movie.
We will manufacture and donate gowns featuring the winning design to 30,000 hospitalized kids all across America.
We received more than 6,000 submissions in our first-ever Design-a-Gown contest! To be exact, we received 6,014 amazing designs from people like YOU.
Our Starlight Gown program launched in the fall of 2016 and we’ve already provided more than 145,000 Starlight Gowns to hospitalized children across the United States.

“Weird” Al Yankovic visited UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital

We wanted America to design the next Starlight Gown and that’s how our Design-a-Gown contest all started!
We never expected the love and outpouring of support you showed us.
Thank you to the students and teachers who took time out of their school day to help hospitalized kids.
A special shout out to McPherson Magnet School in California, Hillview Elementary in New Jersey, Hillsborough Schools in Florida, Field Elementary School in Illinois and so many more.
Pediatric patients themselves designed the next best hospital gown, because who knows better than the ones who actually have to wear the gowns!
(Left) Noah and his #MyStarlightGown at Children’s National Medical Center-(Right) Sophia and Her #MyStarlightGown at UCLA Mattel Childrens hospital

Noah designed his #MyStarlightGown while in the hospital at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
He was born with a heart defect and says despite all that he’s been through, he is still a lucky kid. That makes sense why his design incorporated a rainbow and a pot of gold.
Thank you to so many of our Starlight hospital partners for hosting a Design-a-Gown party with your patients.
Even celebrities like Neil Patrick Harris, the cast of Modern Family and NFL superstar Jurrell Casey got in on the fun.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Our celebrity supporters helped get the word out about our contest, visited with hospitalized kids and designed gowns themselves.
Martha Stewart and her nature-inspired Starlight Gown

If Martha Stewart had to wear a hospital gown, it apparently would have gold squirrels on it.
We love it!
One of the most rewarding experiences for us was reading the inspiring stories accompanied by beautiful artwork.
Many parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and caregivers designed a Starlight Gown for a child in their life. Going through the thousands of submissions, it was extremely difficult to narrow down just three finalists.
McPherson Magnet School Kindergarten Class with their Starlight Gown Designs

Next week voting will begin and you will have the chance to vote on the next 2018 Starlight Gown! In the meantime, you can give a hospitalized child a Starlight Gown by donating just $25 today.
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