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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mayor Will Sessoms Paints it Forward for the Hope House Foundation

We are officially 4 days away from the "Paint it Forward" fundraiser at the Fall Stockley Gardens Arts Festival. Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms has painted a bottle to be auctioned in the "Paint it Forward" event this weekend. This fundraiser is the brainchild of Sara Credito, artist of w.i.n.k. art inc. For years, Sara and her husband Steve have given of their time and donated to charitable organizations. In 2010, Sara began painting and she decided to blend her love of art and her commitment to charitable events thus "Paint it Forward" was born. In 2010, Sara's first Paint it Forward event was for Tidelands Hospice and in 2011, the Paint it Forward fundraiser benefitted Breast Cancer Awareness. After being introduced to Elena Montello at a Hampton Roads Business Outreach event by Cindy Cutler, and I learned the amazing work that the Hope House Foundation does as it assists adults with developmental disabilities live independently and out of institutions- I knew I had to find a way for my organization, COLLAGE,to partner with the Hope House Foundation and raise awareness and money for their foundation. I immediately thought of my dear friend Sara. COLLAGE is a diverse group of people in the Hampton Roads are who love the arts, give back to our community and equality is our foundation. COLLAGE is the place where diversity, the arts and equality meet. In 2012, we supported Access Aids Dine out, worked to get the film Pariah to the Naro Cinema in Norfolk and support the arts and gallery openings in our area. I knew Sara and Paint it Forward, COLLAGE, and the Hope House Foundation could do great things together and this weekend at Stockley we will do just that! After a meeting with Elena and the Executive director of the Hope House, Lynne Seagle showing Sara's art and explaining the concept of Paint it Forward, they commissioned Sara to create a painting for their Fall Stockley Gardens Arts Festival. That painting "Rooted in Hope" is the poster for the Festival. They decided they wanted to have Paint it Forward as a fundrasier for the Hope House Foundation. After 28 years of Stockley Garden Art Festivals, Paint it Forward will be the first time art is created on site at Stockley in 20 years. Join us on Saturday, October 20th 10am -5pm and the auction will be that evening. Come meet the artist and purchase a signed poster of "Rooted in Hope" and see Sara's other art work. Muhammad Ali said that "Service to others is the rent we pay for being on Earth." I so agree. Join us as we Paint it Forward for a great cause! Thanks to the amazing team of women Elena Montello, Anne Knox and Shari Grimes who have been working to make Paint it Forward a success!!!Hope to see you at Stockley!! For more information, visit this site: www. stockleygardens.org COLLAGE-find us on Facebook - Pariah in the 757 Sara Credito with "Rooted in Hope" which she created for the Hope House Foundation.

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