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College students redecorate home to raise money for Kansas City Symphony

Posted: 8:08 AM, Apr 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-19 13:08:12Z

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Back in 1915, a big house was built for a big family.

Andrew and Bertha Young, plus their seven children, moved into a colonial home with more than 5,000 square feet on the corner of 56th and Pennsylvania in Kansas City, Missouri.

Today, 103 years later, that house is still a home, and thanks to some amazing designers, it’s also an amazing collection of wonderful, livable ideas.

The 49th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse will be ready for tours starting this Saturday, April 21, through May 13.

The current residents moved out back in December and, since that time, the transformation has taken place.

Among those creating great spaces are design students from Johnson County Community College.

Belinda Kay Penaloza is one of those scholars.

She said it was a wonderful opportunity to work in the real world of design.

For her class, they were given the “Tween Suite.”

The young woman who will make this her room, left a note behind with color ideas and a sense of what she likes and cares about for the designers.

Using that as a roadmap, the JCCC group went to work.

Of course, as the  Showhouse co-chairs, Vandra Solomon and Judy Barackman, want you to know this is all about supporting the Kansas City Symphony.

The money raised over the next few weeks will help the symphony stay at the world-class level and fund so many important programs and projects.

And, it’s just possible, that somewhere, Andrew and Bertha and their seven children are smiling!