Paint Nite hosts fundraising event to combat cystic fibrosis
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
It was an almost sellout event as nearly 50 participants filled the Sioux Lookout Golf and Curling Club on July 6 for a fun night of painting and fundraising.
The event, which was run by a company called Paint Nite, gave participants the opportunity to be guided by an artist through two hours of painting and a fun night out with friends. Paint Nite artist Katy Sayers said $15 from each ticket was donated to Jackie and Tyler Bernier’s daughter as well as Candice Goretzki’s granddaughter who have been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
“I was really hoping for the sellout, but I was really happy with the 44 tickets we sold. It was a great turnout,” said Sayers.
“It went super well. We made $660 from the ticket sales and we made $510 through gifting paintings for $10 donations, so in total we raised $1170 for the two girls,” she continued.
Sayers mentioned that a lot of the medications for cystic fibrosis aren’t covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) so patients and their families have a lot of medical and travel expenses.
Sayers also said that she received good feedback from the event participants.
“Everyone seemed to love it. At one point in the night I asked them if they wanted us to come back and they answered with a loud, ‘yeah!’” said Sayers.
In a post on Facebook following the event, Candice Goretzki said, “I would highly recommend attending or contacting Katy to host your own paint night. This was a great fundraiser and the money made will help with medical needs of the girls.”
The event was successful not only for the families receiving the fundraising but for the community as well. Sayers said Paint Nite was able to drop off 16 paintings to residents at the extended care unit in Sioux Lookout.
“We dropped off 16 paintings that we had at the extending living centre here in Sioux Lookout for the residents there, so we’re glad to see them getting some art out of this too. We’re happy we were able to be a part of this awesome event,” Sayers concluded.