Unleash your inner artist and help a deserving student go to college. At “Painting with a Purpose,” a joint effort by Pellissippi State Community College’s Alumni Association and Painting with a Twist, you can paint, laugh and munch on goodies, all the while knowing that you’re helping provide financial support to a Pellissippi State student.
Pellissippi State Alumni Association board members invite all alumni and friends of the college to the fundraiser, which takes place Thursday, Sept. 22, 6-8 p.m., at Painting with a Twist, corner of Lovell Road and Murdock Drive.
The cost to participate is $35, but thanks to Painting with a Twist, $25 of that goes directly to the Alumni Scholarship fund.
“It will be a great night to reconnect with alumni and friends in a fun, creative way, all while supporting our Alumni Scholarship,” said Brooke Cranfield Pannell, coordinator of alumni relations and annual giving at Pellissippi State.
According to Pannell, participants don’t have to bring a thing. Painting with a Twist supplies canvas, brushes, paint—even an instructor who will guide class members step by step as they create a painting titled “Dusk at the Pier.” Attendees can preview the painting at www.facebook.com/psccalumni.
Alumni Scholarships are awarded annually to a child or spouse of a Pellissippi State graduate to help students achieve the goal of furthering their education. The scholarship fund was created in fall 2010. Mark Cragle, a student in the Pellissippi State’s Culinary Arts concentration, was the first recipient, and this event will raise money for future recipients.
The Pellissippi State Alumni Association fundraising event takes advantage of the generosity of Angie Wallace and Patty Walden, owners of the Knoxville Painting with a Twist franchise. Each month, the owners host Painting with a Purpose, an evening of creativity that benefits the partnering nonprofit organization with a percentage of the proceeds.
“We are so appreciative of Angie and Patty for their generosity in supporting the Alumni Association in this way,” Pannell said.
Seating is limited, so RSVP by Monday, Sept. 19, to firstname.lastname@example.org or (865) 539-7275. For more information about Painting with a Twist, visit www.paintingwithatwist.com/knoxville. To learn more about the Pellissippi State Alumni Association, go to www.pstcc.edu/alumni.