Using their talents to give back to the community, students, faculty and alumni of Villa Maria College are once again participating in the 2015 Decorators’ Show House. The results of their work will be on view to the public from April 25 through May 17.
Along with The Buffalo News, the Junior League of Buffalo has sponsored the Decorators’ Show House since 1981 as a fundraiser for local cultural and human service programs throughout Buffalo and Erie County. Villa Maria College is a sponsor of the event for the first time, providing support for the boutique at the show house.
Every two years the Junior League chooses a house and invites local interior designers to bid on rooms to redecorate. When finished the house is opened up to the public for tours, with proceeds donated to a specified organization.
The Edward H. Webster House at 164 Lincoln Parkway was chosen as the 2015 Decorators’ Show House. Designers have been working for months to transform the 6,600-square-foot Arts and Crafts-style home.
Students in the Interior Design program have been successful perennial participants in the event. Sandra Reicis, Associate Professor Interior Design at Villa Maria College estimates that the Junior League receives 80-100 bids for a chance to work on one of the rooms.
This year the program is working on the study, located at the very top of the house, looks out over Hoyt Lake and the Rose Garden in Delaware Park. They have developed a design incorporating a stunning stained glass window, incorporating aspects of the house and its surroundings.
Villa faculty members have shown their support and contributed some of their recently published books to the boutique. Associate Professor Joyce Kessel and Assistant Professor Anthony Casuccio are providing copies of their books, with a portion of their sales going to the selected charity.
The event has yielded proceeds totaling $3.4 million and previous beneficiaries have included Theater of Youth, Child & Family Services, Gerard Place, and Jericho Road Ministries. In 2013, the Massachusetts Avenue Project was chosen as the recipient of the charitable proceeds from the event totaling $300,000.
The Junior League of Buffalo, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Presale tickets are $20 each until April 25, when general admission tickets will be $25 each. Tickets can be purchased on The Junior League of Buffalo’s website.