BRAWLEY — Two relaxing pastimes, drinking wine and painting, were combined to create a fun event for a good cause at the Between Women Inc. organization’s first Wine & Paint Party Saturday night at the newly-opened space in Brownie’s Diner.
“It’s a fundraiser because we’re upgrading our office,” explained Oreda Chin, executive director of the Between Women Inc. non-profit organization. “We’re doing a fitting room for women who need breast prosthesis. I could fit them for the breast prosthesis now and we’re doing a fitting room so we could fit them with comfort. We exist only through grants, donations, and fundraising.”
Guests were able to jumpstart their creative mindset with glasses of wine at the event. Each guest was given a medium-sized painting canvas and a picture of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” painting in order to inspire each of their sunflower compositions.
“This is the first fundraiser under my regime,” said Chin. “I’ve been here since February. The organization has been here for about 19 years. This is our first major, successful fundraiser. We had more people than we anticipated. It’s also the inaugural opening for this room at Brownie’s. The owner just redid this, and allowed us to use the space.”
All supplies needed, such as aprons and paint brushes, were provided for guests at the event and they were given their creations to take home afterwards. Tickets were $30 each and included a glass of vino and appetizers. Additional glasses of wine could be purchased at the event.
Donations from the event directly funds Between Women Inc. to provide mammograms, mastectomy prosthetics, wigs, and other accessories to women in need.
“The painting was just an idea to do something different,” commented Chin. “I thought it would be fun. Everything turned out better than expected. The community has rallied around the organization and I couldn’t be more pleased. It has been overly successful. It’s been wonderful.”