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Southwest Florida Ronald McDonald House Transformation Begins
Project Design 2016 SWFL features 20 designers redesigning 20 spaces to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Ronald McDonald House
Redesign Begins
Project Design 2016 SWFL begins this week to redesign the entire Ronald McDonald House
FORT MYERS, FL - Wednesday, February 10th marks the start of a three week span in which Southwest Florida's top interior designers have stepped up to claim a space in the Ronald McDonald House for a complete redesign with the help of  Home & Design Magazine , Kravet Inc., International Design Source, and generous sponsors.  As a result of Project Design 2016 SWFL, all of the guest bedrooms of the House, kitchen, dining room, common areas, restrooms, laundry room, and all of the original flooring will be completely redone just in time to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Ronald McDonald House in Fort Myers - 20 designers, 20 spaces for 20 years!
Design Chair Suzanne Costa of Suzanne Costa Interiors is leading the project that will help provide even more comforting accommodations to the 135+ families served by RMHCSWFL each year and improve the family-centered care they provide through their programs. Participating designers include Closet Factory,  Constance A. Trutwin Interiors, Dwayne Bergmann, Elliott Design & Interiors, Ficarra Design Associates, Interiors by Design West, J.A. Willy Gallery, Jeffrey Fisher Home, Jett & Company, Inc., Jett Thompson Antiques and Interiors, Kahn Design Group, KW Development & Design, KVS Interiors, Mercedes Courland Interiors, Noris Adina Design, Pure Design of Naples, Roz Travis Interiors, Schlegel Design Group, Soho Kitchens & Design, Suzanne Costa Interiors, Vanessa DeLeon, Wright Interior Group, and Weglarz Design. 
Southwest Florida interior designer, Stephanie Schlegel, of Schlegel Design Group said "four years ago I welcomed a sweet little baby girl into the world, unexpectedly 5 weeks before she was due.  She had to spend some time in the Health Park Hospital NICU.  That period of time is etched very clearly in my mind as one of the most emotional and challenging experiences of my life.  My husband and I were fortunate to stay with family that lived very close to the hospital so we could be by our daughter's side.  We met several families in the NICU that utilized this very same Ronald McDonald House during their child's stay."  She continued to say of her involvement with Project Design "as an interior designer, I understand immensely the way our surroundings can affect our energy, comfort, and our ability to cope with what's happening in our lives. I am thrilled to participate in this project for the simple hope that this one bedroom space could help provide some of that comfort and support to a family that is giving everything they have emotionally to their child - the same comfort that I at one time so desperately needed."
Along with Costa, acclaimed interior designer and television star Thom Filicia is serving as Honorary Design Chair for the project and will appear at the Grand Reveal on March 3rd presented by International Design Source to showcase the redesigned "home away from home" for families with children receiving treatment at the nearby Golisano Children's Hospital.
Office hours for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southwest Florida during the redesign are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m..
For more information, including media opportunities such as Media Day for a preview of the transformation on Wednesday, March 2nd or the Grand Reveal on Thursday, March 3rd please contact Jennifer Harner at or 352-246-7063.
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 ,  and

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