A Columbia employee donates toys for the holidays.

Columbia Employees Celebrate Holidays with Toy Donations and Gingerbread House Contest

December 18, 2019

Highlights of a Dec. 13 holiday breakfast hosted by CUIMC Chief Executive Lee Goldman, MD, included the debut of a gingerbread house building contest and the annual toy drive, which collected hundreds of gifts for neighborhood children. 

Toys donated by Columbia employees (Photo: Jennifer O'Rourke)
Toys donated by Columbia employees (Photo: Jennifer O'Rourke)

On display at the breakfast were several whimsical gingerbread houses made by department and office teams. Gingerbread house-making kits were distributed in advance of the event and colleagues showed their creative flair in building and decorating their creations in two categories: classic gingerbread house and representation of office, role, or function at CUIMC. A panel of volunteer judges chose winners: 

Classic Gingerbread House 

  • 1st Place: CUIMC Finance Office/Controller/Budget/Payroll 
  • 2nd Place: ColumbiaDoctors/CMIO and Intentional Redesign 
  • 3rd Place: CUIMC Housing and Campus Operations 

Representation of the Office, Role, or Function at CUIMC

  • 1st Place: CUIMC Facilities/Finance
  • 2nd Place: CUIMC Facilities/Capital Projects Management 
  • 3rd Place: CUIMC Facilities/Engineering

View photos of the gingerbread entries and more in our photo gallery:

The Office of Government and Community Affairs will distribute the donated toys—a total of 450 gathered at the event—to neighborhood organizations.