Thanksgiving is traditionally a day filled with food, family and football. But for Carnela Renée Hill ’91, Thanksgiving instead marked the beginning of an extraordinary work week at the White House.

Hill, president and owner of Raleigh-based CR Hill Design Group LLC, was one of 102 designers from 35 states selected to decorate the White House for the holidays. Designers worked seven 12-hour days decorating the First Family’s home with 62 trees, a 500-pound gingerbread house, and much more.

To be selected, designers submitted examples of their work for consideration. And then they waited.

“My faith kept me focused during the waiting process,” said Hill. “I believed this was my year to go to the White House to decorate.”

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