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October 17, 2016

Designers Selected for MMAE’s 2016 Holiday House in Myers Park


 Sponsors Commit to Benefit the Health of Charlotte Residents

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 17, 2016 – Mecklenburg Medical Alliance & Endowment (MMAE) has selected some of Charlotte’s finest interior designers, florists, landscape designers and home décor retailers for its 2016 Holiday House. All proceeds from the tour of the historic Queens Road West home of Robert and Dr. Elizabeth Rostan Nov. 4-6 will fund grants to local nonprofits focused on building a healthier community.

“Proceeds from the Holiday House will directly fund community health grants for local nonprofits,” said MMAE President Karen Chandler.

Among those participating in the design of the home are Bedside Manor; B.home; Discovered Traditions Gift Shop at Temple Beth El; Flowers Plus; Frontgate; Holidazzle’em; Kathy Smith Interiors; Pottery Barn; Pottery Barn Kids; The Royal Gardens; Scott Sistaire Landscaping and Design; and, Tim Bagwell, interior designer.

The 2016 Holiday House will open for public tours Nov. 4-5 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Nov. 6 from noon – 5 p.m. Tickets are $25, and will be available beginning Oct. 1 at all BLACKLION locations and online at MMAEonline.com.

The presenting sponsor of the Holiday House is Whole Foods. Novant Health is a gold sponsor. Charlotte Magazine, Horizon Eye Care and Rankin OB/GYN are silver sponsors. Bronze sponsors include Carolina Skin Surgery Center, Carroll Financial, Charlotte Radiology, Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A., Coca-Cola Bottling Co, Consolidated, Linden Thomas, Providence Anesthesiology Associates, and REACH are bronze sponsors. Bragg Financial Advisors is a contributing sponsor.

The stately Georgian/Colonial home at 1870 Queens Road West was built in 1951 by James Castanas, an immigrant from Greece who founded the Epicurean Restaurant. Before it closed in the 1990s, the Epicurean was known as one of the oldest restaurants in Charlotte, having operated for five decades continuously. One of the elements that Mr. Castanas had installed in select rooms was ornate Greek key plaster molding. It remains today and is a key feature in the living and dining rooms.

In 1956, Mr. Castanas sold the house to Dr. Bill Berkely and his family who lived there for 40 years. Dr. Berkely was one of the founders of Charlotte Plastic Surgery.

In 2006, Robert and Dr. Elizabeth Rostan purchased the home and oversaw extensive remodeling and expansion. Today, the home is 5,100 square feet and features four bedrooms and five and a half baths. It was recognized with the Myers Park Homeowner’s Association Preservation Award in 2009.

Holiday House proceeds directly fund annual community health grants through the MMAE Endowment. In May, MMAE distributed $69,000 to 11 Charlotte-Mecklenburg agencies including Care Ring, the Hospitality House, N.C. MedAssist and The Relatives. For a complete list of grant recipients and additional information about the showhouse, please visit mmaeonline.com. Find MMAE on Twitter @MeckMedAlliance, and on Facebook at facebook.com/mmaeonline.

 Mecklenburg Medical Alliance &Endowment (MMAE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health in Mecklenburg County. Operated by volunteers, membership dues cover overhead so that all ticket purchases, donations and sponsorship dollars directly fund community health efforts. MMAE has supported more than 60 organizations and given more than $1.5 million to the community.