IAHSP Community Worldwide Staging Service Week
The Tampa Bay Chapter is proud to be donating their boundless energy and creativity to staging the Ronald McDonald House on Davis Island in Tampa. We've met with Betsy Wilkinson the director of f the facility several times choosing colors and discussing ways that we can provide a beautiful environment for the tremendous work they do with families whose children are undergoing procedures and surgeries in Tampa Bay area hospitals. For the second year in a row, the Painting Contractors of America are lending their time and precision painting skills to lighten and brighten the kitchen, dining room, living room and guest intake/volunteer center at the facility. We consider it an honor to have this opportunity to contribute to such a worthwhile facility by freshening the space and making the special staging changes that will create a restful and re-energizing environment.
When our Tampa Bay Chapter walked into the Ronald McDonald House, we were totally amazed at the transformation that had already taken place under the capable hands of the Painting Contractors of America, lead by president Ken Sisco. We were instantly inspired by their beautiful and precise work and knew that this year’s ASP-IAHSP Worldwide Staging Project was going to exceed all expectations. And it did! Several chapter members had visited the facility previously and chosen two Sherwin-Williams greens that were now covering the walls of the client reception area, the kitchen and the dining room. These colors had the effect of drawing the outside in, warming and visually enlarging the spaces in a beautiful way. We give kudos to the volunteer and highly professional painting team who, according to the house manager Betsy Wilkinson, cheerfully and with the utmost care, painted the three areas in the course of just one day.
We are so grateful to Personal Preference,Inc for providing art prints to the Ronald McDonald Houses projects nationwide. The main piece, chosen with a paint chip held up to the computer screen to match of course, completely transformed the client intake space also known as the volunteer area. The Victorian porch scene of a beautiful young woman sitting and knitting in a wicker rocking chair invoked a sense of calm and serenity. From Personal Preference site, we also chose two small parrot prints for the dining area whose bright colors perked up the room and accented the beautiful green wall color.
In the course of the staging process, President Deborah Ehrlich, Ambassador Sandy Honeycutt, Sandy Roeser, Judi Pobst with her daughter Brittany and Joan Hazelgrove were able to transform the living room, children’s living room and computer area, study area and hallways, waiting room, client intake area, kitchen and dining room as only ASP’s can! Throughout the day, the House manager, her volunteers and employees commented on the changes as they were being made with a mixture of surprise and delight. One woman said, “I can’t wait to come to work here tomorrow!” Her statement pretty much sums up the goal of our project. We wanted to transform, through staging, as many spaces as possible to support the people who do the all-important work there and to provide comfort to clients who stay at the Ronald McDonald House while their children are undergoing treatment at nearby medical facilities. We are happy to report that our highly motivated group met its goals on a day of incredible cooperation, inspiration and what can only be described as ASP FLOW as we moved from room to room, back and forth until we’d achieved our very satisfying and final end result.
Of course, we couldn’t have done any of it without energetic cooperation of House manager Betsy Wilkinson, who made working on this project a dream. Thanks, Betsy
Project Ambassador: Sandy Honeycutt
Chapter President: Deborah Ehrlich
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