'Experience Hendrix, A Tribute to Jimi' named 2013 Providence O'Christmas Trees Presenting Artist
June 05, 2013
SEATTLE — Providence O'Christmas Trees has named "Experience Hendrix, A Tribute to Jimi" as its 2013 Presenting Artist.
Janie Hendrix, sister of the iconic Seattle-born guitarist and rock star Jimi Hendrix, and president/chief executive of Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix, said supporting Providence O'Christmas Trees appeals to her because Providence supports so many people - from the beginning to the end of life. Proceeds raised at Providence O'Christmas Trees benefit the poor, sick and vulnerable served through healthcare, housing and hospice.
"I delivered two babies (at the old Providence hospital). It was a great hospital, a beacon in our community," Janie Hendrix said. "This is a great charity event, what it stands for, what Providence is doing for people."
Janie Hendrix, who was born when her parents were in their 40s, notes that both her parents benefitted from hospice care at the end of their lives. "I took care of them both. Hospice came in to help. It's part of the circle of life, the emotions, the grieving, the care that needs to be done when your parent, elderly aunt or grandparent is going through that process. It's a whole family process as well."
She also appreciates that Providence Hospice of Seattle, one of the beneficiaries of Providence O'Christmas Trees, has a pediatric hospice program. "My first son, Noah, died of SIDS and there wasn't really a program for people who were grieving," Hendrix said. "The whole birth to death cycle, there's not always someone who's there or an organization that's there to help you through that process. Providence is."
To honor Jimi Hendrix with the "Experience Hendrix, A Tribute to Jimi" tree, Janie envisions a tree that will reflect Jimi Hendrix's artistic side. "He was a musician, a lyric writer. His handwritings were very much a part of his being and his soul," Janie Hendrix said. "The tree is going to capture a part of his soul. There will be (copies of) handwritten lyrics that will be framed. There will be a few Fender guitars on the tree. It will include lots of color, because that's what Jimi was about - jewel tones purple, fuchsia, and green. We will also capture part of his native heritage with feathers and fringe. Our grandmother was part Cherokee."
The tree, designed by veteran O'Christmas Trees designer Lisa Wise, will also include a nod to Jimi Hendrix's gold records. "It definitely will reflect him," Janie Hendrix said.
She recalls fondly the Christmases she spent with her family. Because the family had little money and Jimi Hendrix, 18 years her senior, was traveling at the time, she recalls small gifts, family time and lots of food.
"My father played Santa. Back then, there weren't any black Santas, so it was kind of nice to have dad play Santa and put on the beard and the suit," she said.
"Christmas was enjoying food, lots of food, even if it was Jiffy cornbread, greens, turkey or ham. It was really about family time. The emphasis was never really about gifts, just being there with your family."
Providence O'Christmas Trees is Providence Health & Services' Senior and Community Services' largest annual fundraiser. It takes place Dec.2-4, 2013, at The Westin Seattle. A variety of activities, centering on the auction of beautifully designed holiday trees, are planned to engage the thousands of people of all ages who attend or happen into The Westin, 1900 Fifth Ave. Funds raised benefit the poor, sick and vulnerable served through health care, housing and hospice. Providence O'Christmas Trees in 2012 raised $1 million for the following programs: Providence ElderPlace, Heritage House at the Market, Providence Hospice of Seattle, Providence Home Services, Providence Marianwood, Providence Infusion and Pharmacy Services, Providence Supportive Housing and Providence Mount St. Vincent, all located in King County. Visit www.providence.org/otrees to learn more.
Patricia Szabo, Director
Providence O’Christmas Trees