LAURINBURG —You don’t need artistic talent to take part in a painting fundraiser on Thursday to help Camp Spinoza, but organizers are looking for participants with big hearts.
The event — a Paint and Beverage Fundraiser — is sponsored by Scotland Regional Hospice to raise money for children to attend camp who have lost a close relative or friend. The camp is free and held at Camp Monroe in Laurel Hill for children between the ages of five and 12. Children are not required to be a member of hospice family in order to attend.
The camp provides trained counselors and volunteers to help children understand what grief is, the feelings that come with it, and help them understand that what they are feeling is normal during the camp. Campers spend the weekend doing traditional camp activities, such as a nature hike, campfire and swimming, as well as a number of other activities. About 30 to 35 children attend each year.
This year, the camp will be held June 6 through June 8.
The fundraiser is 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Scotland Regional Hospice Conference Room. Attendees will pay $35 to take part.
Tanya Williams, bereavement coordinator, said Thursday’s event is the second Paint and Beverage event. The first fundraiser was held right before Christmas and a third event is planned for Feb. 6.
“It is a very popular idea,” Williams said. “Very successful.”
Dora Sharber, hospice volunteer and retired educator, will serves as the painting instructor.
“She is a wonderful … and keeps the steps simple enough for anyone to follow, regardless of their artistic ability,” wi9lliams said.”This week, she will lead us in painting a beautiful winter scene.”
Registration is required. The maximum allowed in the class is 20. The fundraiser is expected to last about two hours. Light snacks will be available.
Those participating are asked to bring their own beverages to enjoy while creating masterpieces.
“If they want to bring wine they can,” said Williams. Non-alcoholic beverages are also welcomed. Coffee and hot chocolate will be provided.
Hospice is aided in the effort through a grant from the Scotland Memorial Foundation and the foundation co-sponsors the camp.
Then group also gets help from many other sources.
Last year, the Main Table restaurant sponsored a charity night. A percentage of the sales from that evening went to Camp Spinoza. Local artist Olivia Dowdy Brown sold her creations and gave a percentage of her sales to the camp as well.
A contestant in a local pageant chose the camp as her community project last year. She called her project Cans of Coins, putting cans in various businesses. The coins she collected she donated to the camp. Between the coins collection and the paint class in December they have raised $635. Hospice makes up any difference.
For information about Camp Spinoza, contact Williams at Hospice of Scotland County at 910-276-7176, or [email protected] Registration is open as long as space allows. She may also be contacted to find out other ways help can be provided.
Reach Maria Grandy at 910-276-2311