Louisville prides itself on being one of the most generous cities in the nation, always ready to come together around a cause at any time of year and at the drop of a hat. Well, one of the most exciting contests for a cause in recent years has been the rafflingÂ of a brand new house to benefit Kosair Childrenâ€™s Hospital. The drawing of thisÂ yearâ€™s raffle, limited to 8,000 tickets, will take place on November 21 at the annual Snow Ball gala in aid of the hospital, with other prizes including a brand new BMW 2 Series courtesy of Sam Swope as well as $10,000 in cash. The most remarkable aspect is of course that members of the community come together to build the home, donating their time, money and resources.
The stunning three-bedroom and two-and-a-half bathroom home on the edge of Norton Commons measures 1,970 square feet, with an open plan ground floor where the dining and living room area meets seamlessly with the kitchen and living room area. And for the past two years, the construction of the house has come down to The Ramage Company, and this year is no different as founder and president David Ramage explains.
â€œWe have got a great team who know how much Kosair Childrenâ€™s Hospital does for our community, and we would like to be able to help them out as much as possible,â€ explains Ramage. Ramage collaborated with Leslie Cotter Dorazil, owner of Leslie Cotter Interiors, who was taking part in her first Kosair Childrenâ€™s Hospital.
â€œIâ€™ve worked with David for a number of years, but this is the first time that I have been involved with the Kosair Childrenâ€™s Hospital house,â€ explains Cotter Dorazil. â€œItâ€™s been an incredible experience, and I think we all worked really well as a team. We created a really great transitional interior that complements the architecture that David and his team implemented.
â€œThere is a little bit of a coastal influence and I think thatâ€™s why we kept things very light,â€ explains Cotter Dorazil. â€œItâ€™s bright and airy. But I think a house should also make you smile. Upstairs, there are some oversize prints of a cow, and they make me smile.â€
Adds Ramage: â€œWe start with a design schematic, but then we partner with C3 Studio out of Knoxville and they help us put the finishing touches on the design and add a lot of detail that helps the overall product. I think this year, itâ€™s even more open than in yearâ€™s past. We also have a covered back porch where you can access the entertaining space thatâ€™s covered, while there is also an open patio behind it, which makes the whole house conducive to entertaining.â€
One thing thatâ€™s for certain is that the house is a chance to keep on uniting the community for an unassailable cause â€“ the health and well-being of the children in the Commonwealth â€“ of which there is little doubt that Kosair Childrenâ€™s Hospital plays a huge part.
â€œI think the house is such a great symbol of how the community comes together to promote the work of the hospital,â€ explains Lynnie Meyer, system vice president of Women’s and Children’s Community Partnerships and chief development officer at Norton Healthcare.
â€œEach year we pick a different clinical focus, and, this year, the proceeds from the raffle and the sale of the house will benefit our cardiac program. And so this gives us a chance to not only really showcase their work but also talk about the value and power of a full-service childrenâ€™s hospital in the state and what it means to the Commonwealth. These extraordinary clinical activities donâ€™t happen without philanthropy and help from the community.â€ VT
Raffle tickets are still available at kosairchildrenshospital.com/Pages/purchase-home-bmw-raffle.aspx. An open home takes place at the property at 6501 St. Bernadette Ave. Prospect, KY every Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 6 p.m.