Press Release

Get Design Tour Tickets to See Year-long Results of San Francisco Design Center Partnership

Palo Alto, CA—PALO ALTO, Calif. – On February 13, 2016, it will be love at first sight for visitors who get to tour the new Ronald McDonald House at Stanford before it officially opens to accommodate families of critically ill children.

Bay Area design aficionados and community supporters of Ronald McDonald House at Stanford can enjoy pre-opening tours of the newly-constructed House from February 13-28, 2016. As a result of “Where Hope Has a Home,” a year-long philanthropic partnership with the San Francisco Design Center, 48 of the Bay Area’s top design firms have been hard at work to ensure the new House provides the perfect environment to support families in crisis. Their collective efforts are transforming the new structure into an oasis of hope and love, from the paint and flooring, to the fixtures and furniture, including everything in between.

Where Hope Has a Home: Interior Design Tours of Ronald McDonald House at Stanford will be open to the public February 13-28, 2016, on Thursdays through Mondays from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. Tours of the new House at 510 Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto (adjacent to the existing facility at 520 Sand Hill Road) will include complete walk-throughs of the 52,000-square-foot space including 67 new family suites and multiple common areas.

Design tour guests are encouraged to participate in special events scheduled during their visit at no extra cost. These special events take place throughout the two week tour period and include celebrity appearances by Genevieve Goings, children’s entertainer and host of Disney Junior’s Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve!, Mommy and Me Hip Hop classes, breakfasts with the designers, children’s arts and crafts projects, and happy hour social gatherings on scheduled evenings.

Tickets are $35 per person for attendees 12 and older, with a $10* suggested donation for children under 12. To purchase group discount tickets for 25 or more, contact Nichole Cilléy at All proceeds benefit the House at Stanford.

“We’ve been amazed how SFDC and our dedicated designers have whole-heartedly embraced this chance to help our families in such tangible and meaningful ways,” said Annette Eros, chief executive officer at the House. “We are eager to provide our community the opportunity to appreciate the talent and creativity evident in the design details of each new room to ensure that every family who stays with us experiences the most comfortable and welcoming environment possible.”

The “Where Hope Has a Home” project engaged 48 local interior design firms to provide pro-bono services for the entire new building. Led by volunteer co-chairs Elizabeth Martin, principal of the Martin Group, Inc., and Geoffrey De Sousa, principal of Geoffrey De Sousa Design and co-creative director of De Sousa Hughes, the project is providing more than $2 million in pro-bono interior design services and materials for the expansion.

“It’s been a joy for Geoffrey and me to experience the designers coming together with their creativity and dedication for such a wonderful cause,” said Martin. “They’ve ultimately created an incredibly homey environment where healing can actually take place for families while kids are undergoing transformative and lifesaving care.”

SFC&G (San Francisco Cottage & Gardens) is the co-presenting partner of the “Where Hope Has a Home” project, and has helped secure sponsorships and product donations from vendors, including Cosentino, Poggenpohl and Dacor. SFC&G will debut the design of the new House in an exclusive, 30-page feature in its February/March issue.

After the expansion is complete, the House at Stanford will be one of the largest of the 353 Ronald McDonald Houses in the world, providing shelter, support, and community to families of critically ill children being treated at nearby hospitals. Currently, the existing 47-room House must turn away approximately 40 – 50 families each night due to high demand and limited capacity.

For a complete schedule of design tour events and for more information about the designers, sponsors and donors for “Where Hope Has a Home,” visit To purchase tickets for the tours, please visit the Design Tour website.


*The actual cost to care for a family staying at the House is $123 per night. The $10 suggested donation for children under 12 to take the tour is equivalent to the $10 per night requested donation for families staying at the House. However, no family is ever turned away for the inability to pay.

About Ronald McDonald House® at Stanford:
Ronald McDonald House at Stanford opened in 1979 on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child. With the mission to create a home-away-from-home for families with critically ill children undergoing treatment at local hospitals, the House accommodates 47 families with private bedrooms every night. Programming provides a comprehensive mix of creative, participatory services to actively engage all family members, create a community of support, and ease everyday burdens so they can focus on what matters most – the health and well-being of their children.

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