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Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s

Community Outreach

 

The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, in conjunction with our mission of “Encouraging, promoting, and enhancing water media”, a few years ago created an Education (or Community Outreach) category in our annual budgets. One of the first projects allocated to that category was buying watercolor supplies and initiating an ongoing beginner’s watercolor class at the Windy Hill Senior Center in Spring Grove, PA. For over two years, then PWS President, John W. Walker, donated his time and expertise to teach that class.  Currently under the auspices of the senior center, it is hoped that the watercolor class will continue into the future.

PWS President teaching the seniors at Windy Hill - Copy

 << PWS President John W. Walker teaching the seniors at Windy Hill

PWS Board discussion continued as how to promote our society and the consensus was that we should now move to the other end of the educational spectrum and provide something for the children.  Ultimately it was decided to create what was entitled Children’s Grants in the amount of $500 each, the purpose behind them to provide funds to various non-profit organizations that provided art classes and art activities for children.  A Children’s Grant Application was created and distributed to several select organizations.  The first Grant Application approved by the board went to Hanover Arts Guild for their summer children’s classes.  Carlisle Arts Learning Center was the second organization submitting an application that was approved by the PWS board.  The funds again were used for their summer arts classes/arts camp.  The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art was the next recipient of a $500 grant for their children’s summer art programs. 

PWS President presents $500 Children's Grant to Hanover's Eric Miller - Copy

PWS President John W. Walker presents $500 Children's Grant to Hanover's Eric Miller

PWS President John W. Walker presents $500 check to CALC's Becky Richeson, Cathy Stone, and children - Copy

PWS President John W. Walker presents $500 grant to CALC's Becky Richeson, Cathy Stone, and children

PWS President presents $500 grant to Ned Smith Center's Beth Sanders

PWS President John W. Walker presents $500 grant to Ned Smith Center's Beth Sanders

In late November, 2016, our next Children’s Grant recipient is the Lehigh Valley Hospital Children’s Wing.  This specific project was chaired by incoming PWS President, Dick Ressel.  One of Dick’s initial ideas to further support the original PWS grant of $500 was to approach the large Dick Blick store in Allentown to see if they would partner with PWS on the grant.  After numerous contacts with various store employees and managers, the proposal for Blick to match our $500 grant was taken to Blick corporate headquarters.  Dick Ressel and PWS anxiously awaited the corporate answer. After what seemed like a long wait, a positive answer came down from Blick corporate; Blick agreed to match our $500 which meant that the grant to the Children’s Wing was now $1,000!  Dick continued to move the project forward.  He was in close contact with the hospital to learn what types of art materials they needed and allowed.  When this data was accumulated, Dick, with lists in hand, headed again to the Blick store in Allentown to pick out the $1,000 worth of art supplies for the hospital. In addition to matching our $500 grant, Dick Blick provided generous discounts on the materials selected.  With the help of Dick Blick’s Tara Santoro and Emily Ahn, several large boxes of art supplies were gathered for eventual transporting to the hospital.

 

Dawn on Monday, November 28, 2016, broke cool and calm with a hazy sun. Current PWS President John W. Walker and incoming PWS President Dick Ressel met in Lancaster, Pa, shortly after 9:30 am and proceeded to the Dick Blick store in Allentown, PA.  Again with the help of Tara Santoro and Emily Ahn, the art supplies were carefully loaded into Dick’s car.  After a few more miles of travel and a quick bite of lunch, the PWS Presidents arrived at the Lehigh Valley Hospital where they were met by Vanessa Gramm Mackey, Child Life Specialist, who escorted them along with several large boxes of art materials to the 4th floor Children’s Wing. Vanessa and Administrative Partner, Lisa Annunziato, helped unload the boxes in preparation for the materials’ dispersal.  Although Dick and John were not able to actually hand out any of the art supplies to the children because of security regulations, they were assured that the children would be more than enthusiastic when the supplies were dispersed. The hospital provides services to children from infant to over 18 and treats all maladies from severe burns to cancer.  PWS and Dick Blick only hope that our gift of art supplies may bring some joy and pleasure to the children who get to use them!

Tara Santoro and Emily Ahn ready to load the goodies

Tara Santoro and Emily Ahn ready to load the goodies

Vanessa Gramm Lackey, Child Life Specialist and Dick Ressel unload materials at the hospital

Vanessa Gramm Lackey, Child Life Specialist and Dick Ressel unload materials at the hospital

It was almost like Christmas for Vanessa Gramm Lackey and Dick Ressel

It was almost like Christmas for Vanessa Gramm Lackey and Dick Ressel

Dick Ressel loads the last box as Emily and Tara look on

2017 PWS President Dick Ressel loads the last box as Emily and Tara look on

Emily Ahn gets one more box in the car!

Blick's Emily Ahn and Tara Santoro stuff Dick Ressel's car

Hospital staff Vanessa Gramm Lackey & Lisa Annunziato and Tara Santoro help Dick  Ressel check out the supplies Hospital staff, Blick's Tara Santoro, and Dick Ressel show off more children's goodies - Copy

Hospital staff Vanessa Gramm Lackey & Lisa Annunziato and Tara Santoro help Dick  Ressel check out the supplies

Hospital staff, Blick's Tara Santoro, and Dick Ressel show off more children's goodies

Lisa Annunziato watches as Vanessa Gramm Mackey unpacks art materials A chrildren created mural in the Children's Wing2

Lisa Annunziato watches as Vanessa Gramm Mackey unpacks art materials

A children created mural in the Children's Wing

The Children's Hospital Caped Crusader

The Children's Hospital Caped Crusader

Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital - December 2016

 Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital is continually rated as one of the Best Children’s Hospitals in the world!  The only top ranked pediatric hospital between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Hershey Children’s Hospital serves a population of over one million children in the central Pennsylvania area and across the state. Pediatric care ranges from the less severe to the most highly specialized services one can find.  Some 29 specialties are offered that provide outstanding care for the patients and their families.

 On December 29, 2016, outgoing President, John W. Walker, and PWS Webmaster, John R. Walker, traveled to the Children’s Hospital to present the grant check.  Much appreciation and thanks goes to Webmaster John R. Walker for his dedicated work in securing the grant for the Children’s Hospital.

 The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society is proud to provide this Educational/Community Outreach grant to the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.  The hospital staff will use the grant money to buy art materials for the children to use during their stay in the facility.

 

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Outgoing President John W. Walker presents the $500 grant check to Ashley Kane, Manager, Child Life Program, and some Child Life Program staff.

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Outgoing President John W. Walker presents the $500 grant check to Ashley Kane, Manager, Child Life Program, and some Child Life Program staff in front of the main desk in the Children’s Hospital lobby.