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Splashes of Hope Newsletter

April 2010
In This Issue
Save The Dates
Our Most Successful Annual Gala Ever!
Recently Completed Out-of-State Murals
Recently Completed Local Projects
How We've Been Reaching Out

Chair: Sally Ann Weger
Saturday, May 15th
12:30-5 PM
Exclusively sponsored by Blue Point Brewing Company, with supporting sponsorship from Shoreline Beverage.  Funds raised by this fun day about town will benefit a mural project partnering with Love Without Boundaries to "Splash" the Jinjiang orphanage in the Fujian Provence of China.
$35 Registration buys participants $2 Blue Points all day!
Registration at Nag's Head
New York Avenue, Huntington
Participating Pubs:
Nag's Head
Finley's of Greene Street
Canterbury Ales
Rookies Sports Club
Mary Carroll's
Click here to pre-register!
Pub stroll 2009

Chair: Mark Murray
Saturday, June 26th
 Join us for our newest event: a Pub Stroll for the South Shore with a twist! We will be ferrying around the Great South Bay and Fire Island, making stops in Sayville, Oakdale, Cherry Grove, and Davis Park!  All funds raised will benefit a mural project with Splashes of Hope.
In the Media


If you've been keeping your eyes out for us, you may have seen Splashes of Hope pop up recently on the cover of the LI Life section of Newsday on February 21st.  The article featured the hand-painting program which is continued weekly by Splashes of Hope volunteer artist, Sandy Romano at Stony Brook University Cancer Center's Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Unit for young patients as they receive their treatments.  The program is made possible by the Laurence W. Levine Foundation for the year of 2010 and was previously made possible by the Thomas & Jeanne Elmezzi Foundation.

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Benjamin Moore & Co
Southwest Airlines
Grant Hendricks, Jr.
of BIMASCO, Inc.

Award is presented to Benjamin Moore & Co.
Ben Moore Gala

Splashes of Hope held its most successful Annual Gala & Art Auction to date on April 9th in Sayville, NY!  Honoring Benjamin Moore & Co and Southwest Airlines for their continued contributions to our mission, and Man-of-the-Year, Grant Hendricks, Jr., the event was attended by 400 guests.  The immediacy and poignancy of the Splashes program--made possible by the support we receive at this largest fundraiser of our year-- was felt by all in attendance as we additionally honored Splash Star, Stephen Dayton and Young Splash Star, Kinsee Whiteaker for their extraordinary creativity and courage throughout their healthcare experiences.  Proceeds from this year's Gala will make possible multiple mural projects at Ronald McDonald House Charities across the country.

Grant Hendricks, Jr. addresses the crowd.


Splashes of Hope has been spreading our mission farther than ever before, completing projects in five new states since Christmas and holding our most successful Gala to date this past month! 

We could not do it without the support of each and every donor, sponsor, volunteer, and community member who supports our program.  We thank you and proudly share the achievements we have recently accomplished together.

Recently Completed Out of State Murals

Memphis, TennesseeKinsee

Just in time for Kinsee Whiteaker's 9th birthday this December, Splashes of Hope Founder & Executive Director, Heather Buggee and Assistant Art Director & Program Coordinator, Stephanie Condra drove our Splashmobile to Memphis, Tenessee to deliver a special surprise: a customized mural panel, painted just for Kinsee.  The Splashes staff were met by Board members, Jill Doherty and Theresa Santmann, to deliver the mural to Kinsee and paint the faces of guests at her birthday party at the Target House, where she stays with her family while she receives treatment for leukemia at St. Jude Children's Hospital.  The mural scene was designed and painted by volunteer artist Diana Daino to incorporate all of Kinsee's favorite things and hangs in her bedroom at the Target House to bring Kinsee inspiration and cheer.  Kinsee was honored as our Young Splash Star this April at our Annual Gala & Art Auction, where musician Melissa Baker sang Kinsee a song written just for our young star.

While in Memphis, Splashes of Hope also donated three custom, hand-painted ceiling tiles to St. Jude Children's Hospital.  One was a replica of the mural created for Kinsee.  Click here to see all the photos.

Naples, Florida

Heather also travelled to Florida with volunteer artist, Sandy Romano to "Splash" the Shelter for Abused Women & Children in Naples this past January.  There, they met Board Vice-President and volunteer artist Catherine Brown to complete two mural panels of Floridian palm trees, which were installed in the shelter with the help of Southwest Airline Share the Spirit volunteers.  The air transportation for the project was donated by the Southwest Airlines "Share the Spirit" Program, out-of-state paint was provided by Benjamin Moore & Co, and additional expenses were sponsored by Catherine & Russ Brown. Click here to see photos of the process.

Lebanon, New Hampshire

DartmouthHeather and Stephanie took our Splashmobile North this March to paint a 360-degree, floor to ceiling underwater-themed mural in the treatment room of Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (part of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center associated with Dartmouth Medical School).  The mural featured a medical equipment board transformed into a sandcastle, lots of friendly underwater animals like sea turtles, dolphins and whales, and coral reefs growing out of the sand.  Ceiling tiles placed over the treatment bed complete the scene with rays of light breaking the water's surface. Click here to see the full mural.

Since the mural's completion, Splashes of Hope has been contactedDartmouth whale by New Hampshire's chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation: a 6-year-old boy saw the mural and his wish is to have Splashes of Hope paint the same scene in his bedroom.  We will make his wish come true in the next three to six weeks.


Houston, Texas

HoustonThe Southwest Airlines "Share the Spirit" program again generously sponsored flights for our artists to travel to Houston to make and introductory "Splash" at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital on the outskirts of Houston.  Heather and volunteer artists, Diana Daino and Sandy Romano, created two underwater scenes with paint provided by Benjamin Moore & Co, aptly adorned with seahorses playing in a rodeo--as March is Houston's rodeo season! To see all the photos, click here.


La Plata, Maryland

Local scenes of the Potomac River and rolling farmlands of southerncanoeCivista Maryland came to life in 10 large ceiling scenes and entrance doors to the ICU unit of Civista Medical Center.  Assistant Art Director, Stephanie Condra and volunteer Meghan Murray traveled to the hospital in early April to deliver the 10 scenes created in our studio also by Staff Artist, Frank Bandiero and volunteer artist, Emily Pavacic.  They then completed the entrance doors of the River Scene on-site overnight, which were on display at the Mural Dedication celebrating the sponsorship of the Waldorf Rotary Club and La Plata Rotary Club, who jointly made this first project in Maryland possible. Click here to see all the photos.

Recently Completed Local Projects

Burn unitWilliam Randolph Hearst Burn Center Waiting Room at New York Presbyterian Hospital Cornell Weill Medical Center, NYC

In January, Splashes of Hope artists created a playful jungle scene in the waiting room of the Burn Center.  The project, sponsored by the NYMEX Foundation, provides a large focal point for children and parents alike.  Click here to see the full mural.


CoalitionCoalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect, Bethpage

This newly constructed center was transformed for the children who attend it with sweeping palm trees on a Caribbean beach and a fanciful meadow adorned with a rainbow, waterfall, and lots of adorable animals.  The project was sponsored by the Framingham Foundation.


Elizabeth SetonElizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, NYC

Local scenes of Belvedere Castle and Bryant Park, sponsored by the NYMEX Foundation, were installed for just after Christmas to the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, which provides quality specialized nursing/rehabilitation care to medically fragile children with differing levels of abilities.  The scenes featured children and animals in wheelchairs and with medical equipment that was identifiable and relatable to the resident children.


RUMCRichmond University Medical Center, Staten Island

RUMC received 10 additional focal points to augment the local scenes of Staten Island which Splashes of Hope artists installed this past fall in the Pediatric Unit.  Animal friends sharing smiles of encouragement adorn the hallway focal points.  Click here to see the full project.


Northport VA Medical Center, Northport

Tranquil Long Island beach scenes with patriotic flags flying high were installed for veterans to enjoy and overlook as they take their meals in the cafeteria.  Easily viewed by all, the scenes were created by Staff Artist, Frank Bandiero, and Volunteer Artist, Liz Macchio, to also subtly imbue a sense of pride in the veterans' courage and accomplishments.


SouthsideSouthside Hospital, Bay Shore

Seven soothing sky scenes with flowering trees and butterflies were installed over new mothers' beds in the Maternity Unit at Southside Hospital, made possible by the sponsorship of Leviton.  An additional solarium sky scene was painted on-site and an upcoming mural on the Nurses Station is being sponsored by Astoria Federal Savings to add to the joyous occasion for newly expanding families within the unit.  Click here to see murals previously completed at Southside.

How We've Been Reaching Out
RMHRonald McDonald House Paintfest, NYC
This January, Splashes of Hope had the opportunity to work with The Make-A-Wish Foundation Metro Chapter to bring our face-painting program and guided mural-making to children staying at the NYC Ronald McDonald House.  The children and families staying there during their medical treatments had fun painting two large-scale canvases along with Splashes of Hope artists: one of which was donated to the Make-A-Wish Metro Chapter and the other to hang within the Ronald McDonald House where it was painted.

Earth dayEarth Day, Riverhead
Splashes of Hope volunteer artists were joined by volunteers of the Wellpoint Foundation for a fun-filled day of face-painting and guided mural-making to celebrate our beautiful Mother Earth.  Children attending the fair helped paint a scene of the Earth surrounded by many smiling children holding their hands in unity and love, a dove of peace spreading its light and joy in the Earth's center.  Splashes of Hope brings its program to this fair annually in our partnership with Suffolk County Parks.

Thank you so much for all your continued support as we continue to spread smiles, love, and joy with the strokes of our paintbrushes!
The Splash Team