The holiday spirit came alive at the “10th Annual Rocking a Stocking Design Contest and Toy Drive,” an event that transcends creativity and compassion. Hosted by Working Spaces, in collaboration with Kimball International, this festive occasion aimed to brighten the season for the patients and families of SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
Our enthusiastic Team Rosemann, along with twenty-seven other local design firms, participated in the contest. The mission: to craft unique stockings and contribute over 9,000 toys to warm the hearts of the recipients and to underscore the true meaning of the holiday season.
The guidelines for the competition were simple, yet allowed for boundless creativity. Teams were tasked with creating stockings falling into two categories: Function and Form. The challenge was to incorporate the provided stocking into their designs, with deconstruction being an acceptable approach. Our team, driven by camaraderie and a shared commitment to the cause, presented the whimsical “Snowflake Stadium.”
“Snowflake Stadium” was a visual delight suspended over a large full stocking. It featured a concert stage made entirely of wood and a creative use of various color shades of red stockings. The provided red stocking material was used to create several of the audience stockings. The felt material was used for stadium seating, individual character stockings, and the trees. Team Rosemann carefully crafted over 67 ‘small’ stockings and 37 unique stockings during an office happy hour, ensuring a touch of personalization in each design and an excellent opportunity to involve the staff in the project.
The hand-made stage was alive with puns and creativity, hosting the Stockin’ Rockers band, a sold-out audience of stockings, and a coal pit “Mosh Pit” for added excitement. Recognizable pop culture and celebrity characters adorned the stands, including the Grinch, Olaf, Yukon Cornelius, a Minion and even the Kansas City Chief’s Travis Kelce with a friendship bracelet with his number on it showing his support for glittery rock star Taylor Swift on the piano. Some familiar faces were painted on the rocks. Even all the black stockings stood as the stage techs on the side of the stage.
Team Rosemann efforts were rewarded with the 1st place award for the Form Category and Snowflake Stadium was voted as People’s Choice by the participants of the event!
Here is a list of all the winners:
FORM Category winners:
- 1st Place: Rosemann & Associates, P.C. – Snowflake Stadium
- 2nd place: Haskell Company – Whoville Hospital
- Honorable Mention: Design Alliance – The Treehouse
FUNCTION Category winners:
- 1st Place: Cannon Design – Taylor Swift Mania
- 2nd Place: Lamar Johnson Collaborative – Bluey The Heeler Puppy
- Honorable Mention: GMA – Plinko Game & Stocking
People’s Choice: Rosemann & Associates, P.C. – Snowflake Stadium
“It is all about the details of the different character stockings and the visual scene that we created with created hidden surprises for the viewers to find each time they looked at our stocking. The design truly captured the holiday spirit, blending tradition with contemporary references to captivate the audience.” – Ashley Hicks, Rosemann & Associates, P.C.
As the event neared its conclusion, the culmination of creativity and generosity unfolded. The stockings and toy donations were presented to the children and families at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House, providing a source of joy during what might be a challenging time for them.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to Team Rosemann for their unwavering commitment to this deserving cause. The efforts of Ashley Hicks, Kayla Thomas, Zachary Braun, Drew Jablonski, Brad Rohman, Taylor Williamson, John Williams, Mark Gettemeyer, Sydney Woods, Katie Mueller, Brittany Kampschroeder, Susan Bowen, Jarrett Cooper, Spencer Reed, Kent Hoynacki, Doug McElvain, Kearston Breaux, Ryan Montana, and Patty Bommarito have undoubtedly made a lasting impact on the community.
As the holiday season is upon us, may this event serve as a reminder of the magic that happens when a community rallies for a cause.