Saturday, January 28, 2012

MS Fundraiser at The Paint Bar

Last Saturday night my sister-in-law, Jenn, and I hosted our first fundraiser for the  2012 MS Challenge Walk.  In September we will be representing The Bean Team by walking 50 miles in 3 days on Cape Cod.  My mom and I have been members of the crew for the past 2 years and last year Jenn and my cousin walked.  To read about that go here.  After the 2011 walk Jenn stated, "It really wasn't that bad."  In a moment of craziness euphoria I decided to walk in 2012 and there is no turning back now. . .  We each have to raise at least $1,500 to participate so this event is just one way we are raising money.

Jenn and I both love The Paint Bar.  It is an awesome addition to our area and I've been twice before.  I went for the first time last March right after they opened to celebrate my birthday.  Read about it here.  Jenn and I went again with our moms to celebrate Mother's Day.  Read about that  here.  For our fundraiser, Jill and Jackie, the owners of The Paint Bar, agreed to donate $10 for each person we got to sign up (but then ended up giving us $10 for all the people there)!  In addition we did a 50/50 raffle.  My aunt, Cathy, was kind enough to donate her time to come to the event to be the official raffle ticket seller and photographer!  I was very appreciative to her for this so that I could focus on my painting.  She sold a lot of tickets. . . $200 worth (more about the winner later).  We also had a MS info table and a dessert table.  The Funfetti cupcakes were a big hit!

Several of my family members and friends came to the event.  We painted a winter scene of Make Way for Ducklings.  The  Public Garden is one of my favorite Boston landmarks and I had been looking forward to painting  Make Way for Ducklings for months.
The Paint Bar classes always sell out.  They have room for 50 people and about half the people there had signed up for our fundraiser.  The other people didn't know about our fundraiser until they got there but many were great and supported our cause by buying raffle tickets!  Did I mention that The Paint Bar is also a bar that serves beer and wine!?  Yup!  So not only do you get crafty but you can drink while doing it!  They also play fun music. . . I think they need to add the country song "Red Solo Cup" to the playlist in light of the famous red solo cups that are the paint brush rinse cups!!

Here are the finished paintings!  Amazing right!?  I love how they are all similar yet so unique at the same time.  Nancy (bottom right picture in black jacket) is an art teacher and artist and make had a beautiful interpretation!  But really I think everyone's looked great.  So fun to see what everyone did at the end.  I love walking around and checking all the paintings out! 

Just because I know many of you are saying, "I could never do that" I took step-by-step painting pictures so you could get an idea of how they "teach" us to do the painting.  They really guide you every step of the way and will help if you get stuck.  They tell you everything from which paint brush to use, which paint color or colors to dip it into and where to paint on the canvas.  The whole time the teacher, Jackie, is painting one along with us in the front of the room.  It really is a great night out with friends and I highly recommend The Paint Bar if you live in the Boston area.

And the fundraising results. . .

The Paint Bar donated $450 which was $10 for each person there.  So Jenn and I each got a check made to the National MS Society for $225.  Then (as I mentioned earlier) the 50/50 raffle earned $200 which would mean the winner would get $100 and Jenn and I would get $50 each.  BUT the amazing winner, Tara, who is a friend of one of m co-workers (who couldn't make it to the event at the last minute but her friends/family still came) donated her winnings back to Jenn and I.  AMAZING right!?  I was in shock.  I just was so touched that someone that I didn't know and had never met would be so kind to us.  I mean 100 bucks is a lot of money.  She could have used that money for so many things.  It was her right.  She won fair and square.  But no she gave her winnings to us.  To MS.  Wow!  So touched by her thoughtfulness.  Not sure if she will read this or if she even knows I have a blog but thanking her 1000 times anyways!

So in total Jenn and I each made $325 toward our fundraising efforts.  This was a VERY successful fundraising event.  $650 raised while doing something so fun!  If you are ever looking for a unique fundraiser in the Boston area I would definitely suggest The Paint Bar.  Jill and Jackie are wonderful to work with and your guests will have a great time.

Jenn and I have a couple other fundraisers in the works including one with  Willow House and one with   Stella and Dot (my cousin Katelyn is a stylist making it even better).  So I'm confident that by September we will have exceeded our goal.  If you would like to donate to me I would greatly appreciate it.  You can do so by going to my personal page at

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful event!!! That place looks like so much fun! Wish we had something like that around here!!! You rock, girl!!!