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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida to Launch Project Design 2016 SWFL
Suzanne Costa Revamps RMHC
Design Chair, Suzanne Costa, in one of her revamped spaces from Project Design at RMHC Long Island in 2014
Southwest Florida's Leading Interior Designers Team Up to Makeover Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Florida.
FORT MYERS, FL -  Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida ® (RMHCSWFL), Kravet Inc., and Home & Design magazine are proud to announce Project Design 2016 Southwest Florida! All of the original bedrooms of the House, kitchen, dining room, common areas, restrooms, laundry room, and all of the original flooring will be completely revamped with the help of generous leaders in the interior design industry, just in time to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Ronald McDonald House in Fort Myers - 20 spaces for 20 years!
 
"We're beyond thrilled about this partnership," said Laura Ragain, Executive Director of RMHCSWFL. "The project couldn't have come at a better time for us, as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of RMHC of SWFL. In turn, we have identified 20 areas in the House that are due for improvement. The generosity and creativity of our Southwest Florida Design Community and our sponsors is nothing short of spectacular."
 
Suzanne Costa of Suzanne Costa Interiors will lead as Design Chair of the project. RMHC is confident that her leadership and the involvement of several of the area's most renowned interior designers will help provide even more comforting accommodations to the 135+ families it serves each year. Participating designers will be attending a Designer Kick-Off Luncheon at the House on October 6th, where they will tour the House and survey each of the spaces to inspire their creative involvement with the re-design.
 
"As Design Chair and RMH Long Island Board member in 2014, I have had the honor of leading Project Design in the NY area for the past two years," said Costa. "My interior design business has recently brought me to Southwest Florida for several months at a time. During my visits, I have been quite intrigued to learn that a tremendous need exists in Ft. Myers for a similar home transformation near the new Golisano Children's Hospital. Having this unique position of connecting with families in the community, as well as with the local Southwest Florida interior design industry, has positioned me to replicate the generosity for which we were grateful in previous years up north. I'm thrilled to be a part of this SWFL Project Design in Ft. Myers and have already established a running start with many key roles filled. Several companies have already been identified who are willing to donate products and services. Here's to another great year of giving back!"
 
"We were thrilled to learn about the renovation of the Fort Myers House and jumped at the opportunity to sponsor," said Cary Kravet.  "Suzanne Costa was a real champion for the Long Island House during its two-year renovation, both as a designer and as project chair, and we know she'll be an asset to the project in Southwest Florida. At Kravet we believe in the transformative power of design, and we are honored to support the Ronald McDonald House in the best way we know how: by making it better for the families who will stay there."
 
The project will be covered editorially by Home & Design magazine . Publisher Linda Donnelly said, "I'm thrilled to be involved in this incredible design project. This honor brings together the best talent in the luxury home industry with the biggest hearts. And the transformative experience we will be creating for the families of sick children being treated at the Golisano Children's Hospital in Ft. Myers will be one of the magazine's greatest contributions to the community."
 
Suzanne Costa Interiors, Kristin Williams Designs, International Design Source, Wilderness Furniture & Floors, and Currey and Company have already signed on to support the project.  A complete list of confirmed Designers will be announced prior to the Designer Kick-Off Luncheon on October 6th.  
About Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwest Florida
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties. RMHC of SWFL supports the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, Ronald McDonald Family Room (opening April 2017) as well as Grants and the RMHC U.S. Scholars Programs. For more information, log on to www.rmhcswfl.org., www.facebook.com/rmchswfl and www.twitter.com/rmhcswfl. 
About Kravet Inc. 
Kravet Inc., established in 1918, is the industry leader in to-the-trade home furnishings. This fifth generation family business distributes fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, trimmings, carpets and accessories. The family's commitment to innovation has helped the company transform from a small fabric house to a global leader, representing brands and designers from all over the world. In 2015, Kravet Inc. introduced CuratedKravet.com, a to-the-trade only e-commerce site offering designers unique furniture and accessories curated from around the globe. Kravet Inc. owns Kravet, Lee Jofa, Groundworks, GP & J Baker and Brunschwig & Fils, all high-end fabric houses that specialize in style, luxury and exceptional design. With locations in North America and worldwide, Kravet Inc. offers the highest level of customer service, quality products and web technology for today's design professional. For further brand information, please refer to www.kravet.com.
About Home & Design 
Home & Design is Southwest Florida's leading luxury home publication with over 15 years in regional publishing. Our national-looking content is purely focused on the finest local resources including architects, builders, interior designers, developers, and home furnishings. We print and distribute 30K copies of each of two, 350-page, coffee table publications annually to the finest homes, industry partners, and bookstores in the Southwest Florida region.
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