A private fund-raising drive to redecorate the White House family quarters for Ronald and Nancy Reagan was such a success that enough money will be left over to refinish the ground-floor marble halls and perhaps even even buy a set of Reagan administration china, the White House announced yesterday.
The White House Historical Association collected more than $735,000 from the 212 contributors -- inlcuding $70,000 from the Annenberg Fund Inc., founded by the wealthy publisher Walter Annenberg, whose wife, Leonore, has been named chief of protocol for the administration.
Fifty tax-deductible contributions of more than $10,000 each helped push the fund well over its $200,000 goal, and many of the big contributions came from close personal friends of the Reagans.
Californian Earle Jorgensen and his wife gave $50,000, and three other members of the so-called Reagan "kitchen-cabinet" -- Alfred Bloomingdale, Holmes Tuttle and Justin Dart -- chipped in $10,00 apiece.
Even Ann Landers got into the act, with a $500 donation listed as coming from Mrs. Eppie Lederer of Chicago, and hairdresser Vidal Sassoon gave $5,000.Mrs. Vincent Astor, a New York socialite who hosted a party for the Reagans earlier this year, gave $20,000.
"We are amazed and gratified at the widespread response . . .," said Peter McCoy, the first lady's chief of staff.
The White House reversed an earlier decision and released the names of all donors to the project, which was initiated Feb. 11 when Nancy Reagan decided not to accept the 50,000 normally allocated by Congress to redecorate the White House family quarters.
More than half of the money was received within the last week. On March 12, the historical association said it had received $325,000. By yesterday, more than $400,000 had been added to that sum.
The $200,000 goal set by the first lady was to be used to restore furnishings from past administrations, including pieces in storage, and to paint, carpet and replace drapes in rooms on the executive mansion's second and third floors.
The extra money, McCoy said yesterday, "will be applied to projects involving the other floors of the White House" -- the most immediate of which, he said, would be cleaning and restoring the marble halls on the ground floor.
"Since no complete set of state china exists," he said, "consideration is also being given to the design and manufacturing of a new china service."