Painting for Partners raises funds for PIH

Painting for Partners deemed success

TROY — Painting for Partners was a cooperative event brought together by Partners in Hope and Raise Your Brush to help raise funds for Partners in Hope while providing participants paint by direction experience.

Painting for Partners was held from 6:30-9 p.m. and cost $35 a person with $10 of that going directly to Partners in Hope. There was a 25 participant turn out including young and older members of the community. Participants created unique interpretations per instruction resulting in a “Lollipop Garden” described by Raise Your Brush as “sweeter than the candy on a stick.”

The event was more than a fundraising initiative, it also provided an opportunity for members of the Partners in Hope staff to get to know and engage with community supporters. Supplies for the paintings as well as snacks and soft drinks were provided to guests.

The instructor of the class was Karen Purke, a local artist who has been involved with Partners in Hope’s Education and Development programs for some time. During the 2015 year, she led the Poverty Project as part of the 25th anniversary year of PIH. The project, sponsored by the Hayner Cultural Center consisted of poems, artistic collages by adults and drawings by children representing the past, present and hopeful future of poverty.

Partners in Hope Inc. is a non-profit organization that opened its doors to serve the community in 1990. Through its 26 year history, PHI has offered program relief, education and development to families in need. In 2015, programs and services were provided to over 2100 individuals in Troy and Casstown. It is their mission that “Through our faith in Christ and community partnership we develop relationships that transform individual lives, families and future generations.

For more information about future events, services and programs visit or contact Jessica Echols at or call (937) 335-0448. There will be another opportunity to Paint for Partners later this year.