Last summer, more than 20 interior designers made over rooms and common spaces at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI), which is home to children suffering from terminal illnesses and their families. This year, the project enters phase II with double the number of interior designers (40) creating beautiful, calming spaces for the residents.
“Project Design,” the largest RMH-LI redesign in its 28-year history, began through a partnership with Kravet Inc. and NYC&G magazine. Last year, companies donated more than $2 million in design, labor and materials to this first-of-its-kind initiative.
Marisa Marcantonio interviews Kendell Cronstrom, Marianne Howatson, Matthew Campo, Cary Kravet, Beth Greene, Anthony Baratta and Ronald McDonald at the grand opening of Project Design at the Ronald McDonald House (Long Island, NY, October 2013)
This year’s focus is on updating RMH-LI’s remaining spaces under the leadership of design chair Suzanne Costa and honorary design chairs Anthony Baratta and Bunny Williams.
Participating designers include Michael Adams, ADAMS ID; Anne Tarasoff and Gail Tarasoff-Sutton, Anne Tarasoff Interiors; Christine Gentile, Ashbourne; Keith Baltimore, Baltimore Design Group; Jackie Higgins, Beach Glass Designs; Bella Mancini, Bella Mancini Design; Billy Ceglia, Billy Ceglia Designs; Bonnie Steves, BJS - Assoc. Interior Design; Charles Pavarini III and J. Randall Tarasuk, Charles Pavarini III Design Associates, Inc.; Gayle Moss, Leslie Padron and Susan Taubman, Contents for the Home; Danielle Colding, Danielle Colding Design; Darrin Varden, Darrin Varden Design; Carol DeBear, DeBear Designs Inc.; Drew McGukin, Drew McGukin Interiors; Eddie Lee, Eddie Lee Inc.; Elaine Griffin, Elaine Griffin Interior Design; Brian Patrick Flynn, Flynnside Out Productions; Stephanie Woodmansee and Elle Clymer, Henry & Co Design; James Huniford, Huniford Design Studio; Kelly Dall, Kelly Dall Interior Design, Inc.; Isabelle L. Ferranti, Isabelle L. Ferranti Interiors, Inc.; Jennifer Cohler Mason, J. Cohler Mason Design; Jack Levy, Jack Levy Design; Jennifer Flanders, Jennifer Flanders Inc.; Katharine Posillico McGowan, Katharine Jessica Interior LLC; Kim Radovich, Kim E. Courtney Interiors & Design; Leslie Segrete, Leslie Segrete Designs, LLC; Libby Langdon, Libby Interiors, Inc.; Lindsey Coral Harper, Lindsey Coral Harper Interior Design; Lisa Mende, Lisa Mende Design; Margreet Cevasco, Margreet Cevasco Design; Melissa Marcogliese, Melissa Marcogliese Interiors; Michael Tavano, Michael Tavano Design; Student and alumni Brooke Lichtenstein and Yiannos Vrousgos, New York School of Interior Design; Philip Gorrivan, Philip Gorrivan Design; Robin Baron, Robin Baron Design Inc.; Donald Schermerhorn, Schermerhorn Interior Design; Tamara Eaton, Tamara Eaton Design, LLC; Traci Zeller, Traci Zeller Designs; Vasi Ypsilantis, Vasi Ypsilantis Design Associates; Rachel Florez, Vintage Interiors Design Inc.; Gail Eyl and Steve Gallotti, Willis Paint & Design Center; and Young Huh, Young Huh, LLC.
Marisa Marcantonio interviews Suzanne Costa, Stephen Fanuka, Kim Hendrickson-Radovich, Anne Maxwell Foster, Jennifer Mabley, Anne Tarasoff, Margreet Cevasco, Nick Olsen, Vasi Ypsilantis, Dennis Scully, Harris Cohen and Ayme Sinclair at the grand opening of Project Design at the Ronald McDonald House (Long Island, NY, October 2013)
The culmination of the renovation will be celebrated with a Designer Showcase Gala on Thursday, October 9. The evening will feature exclusive viewings of the newly designed areas of RMH-LI, light entertainment, silent auction bidding opportunities, fine dining and cocktails. The proceeds of this fundraiser will ensure that RMH-LI’s programs and services continue to assist families in need, regardless of any financial constraints they may have. An Open House, open to the public, will follow the gala from Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 19, before the families move back in.