Ronald McDonald House® at Stanford to Partner with the San Francisco Design Center on “Where Hope Has a Home”




For Immediate Release

Bay Area designers are committed to filling Ronald McDonald House at Stanford with hope and love, from the paint to the flooring and everything in between.

Drawing upon the inspiration and success of Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, where the design community recently rallied to refresh its 28-year-old facility, the San Francisco Design Center (SFDC) proudly announces a major philanthropic partnership with Ronald McDonald House at Stanford to provide substantial pro bono interior design services for its massive 2015 expansion.

“We’re thrilled and deeply touched by the generosity behind this partnership,” said Annette Eros, chief executive officer at the House.  “We realize that interior design is the key to making the new House a home, and we are grateful to partner with the SFDC and the amazingly talented local design community to ensure that every family who stays with us experiences the most comfortable and welcoming environment possible.”

The “Where Hope Has a Home” project will engage 48 interior design firms to provide pro bono design services for the new 52,000-square-foot building adjacent to the existing facility at 520 Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto.  The program will be led by co-chairs Elizabeth Martin, principal of the MartinGroup, Inc., and Geoffrey De Sousa, principal of Geoffrey De Sousa Design, and co-creative director of De Sousa Hughes.

A cocktail reception will be held on February 25, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the De Sousa Hughes showroom of the San Francisco Design Center at 2 Henry Adams, Suite 220 to announce the participating designers and preview a sneak peak of some of the first design renderings for the rooms of the new building.

After the expansion is completed, the House at Stanford will be the largest of the 346 Ronald McDonald Houses in the world, providing shelter, support, and community to the families of critically ill children being treated at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.  These children are treated for critical and often life-threatening illnesses, and they or their families can stay at the House for weeks, months – or even a year or more.  Currently, the existing 47-room House must turn away approximately 40 – 50 families each night due to lack of space and a daily waiting list.

“Our underlying goal is to provide additional comfort to the families while they are undergoing transformative and lifesaving care – while providing a homey environment where healing can actually take place,” added Martin.

SFC&G (San Francisco Cottages & Gardens), whose parent company has a rich history of community and charitable involvement, often focused on the home and luxury living, is the presenting partner and media sponsor of the “Where Hope Has a Home” project.  SFC&G’s involvement in the Stanford project follows sister publication NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) and Kravet Inc of an earlier Project Design makeover of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) 2013 and 2014 with Phase I and Phase II. The project included over 75 of the nation’s top designers and millions of contributions from designers and sponsors.

A website dedicated to “Where Hope Has a Home” will launch at the end of February at www.hopehasahome.com.  Site visitors can get updates on the expansion, as well as learn more about the designers, sponsors, and donors.

The House has already raised 80 percent of the $40.5 million campaign goal for the expansion, but there is still work to be done. Those who wish to donate can contact Jay McCullough, chief development officer at the House at 650.470.6005 or jmccullough@rmhstanford.org.

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