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Splashes of Hope Newsletter

June 2010
In This Issue
Save The Dates
Our Recent 5th Annual Pub Crawl
How We've Been Reaching Out
Local Projects
Recently Completed Out-of-State Murals

Sayville Ferry

Chair: Mark Murray
Saturday, June 26th
Join us for a pub stroll on the high seas!! We will be ferrying around the Great South Bay, visiting some of the areas best pubs via the Sayville Ferry. The first round of drinks at each of the five stops, as well as lunch and the ferry ticket, are included in the ticket price!  All funds raised will benefit Splashes of Hope's mural project at Southside Hospital. 
More information, including ticket purchases, can be found
In the Media

Our project with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has created lots of buzz! This morning, Stephanie and Heather were interviewed on radio stations KJOY and Walk FM. On top of that, they have been interviewed over the past week for ABC7's Eyewitness News, as well as Newsday. Keep your eyes open and your fingers crossed  in hopes that we'll be in publications in the next week!
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5th Annual
Pub Crawl
Splashes of Hope held its 5th Annual Pub Crawl on May 15th, stopping at some of Huntington's finest establishments.
Sponsorships from the Blue Point Brewing Company, as well as Shoreline Beverage, brought supporters of Splashes of Hope together to have a fantastic day on the town. 
A special thanks to Sally Ann Weger for chairing this event.

Splashes of Hope has been busy, more busy, and even busier this past month! This week, Heather and Stephanie are carrying out our latest project in East Setauket with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition as they build a new house for the Lutz Family! Aside from that exciting development, we have recently completed projects with the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities.


And of course, we have our Great South Bay Cruise tomorrow, taking off from the Sayville Terminal. See more information on the left side of this newsletter.

Read on for more information regarding all of these exciting events.

We could not do what we do 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.

How We've Been Reaching Out
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Splash Crew at Extreme
Splashes of Hope is currently working on its most high-profile project yet! With great thanks to Board Member Jenna Kern, we have been asked by Alure Home Improvements to join them in their latest project in collaboration with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
The Lutz Family of East Setauket, NY have plenty on their plate. Jack and Grace Lutz have 18 children, 6 of them suffering from Down Syndrome. At Yankee Stadium this past Sunday, it was announced that the family will have their home completely demolished to build a new home more suitable to their needs. The house was demolished on Monday, and construction has been taking place all week.
Splashes oWelcome Home Lutz 2f Hope was first asked to help man the kids tent for the spectators trying to catch a glimpse of the cast and crew. But soon, Alure Home Improvement and the crew of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition realized Splashes' potential. Heather and Stephanie were then asked to paint the walls inside the house - and have even been asked to help with a special project for the show! Keep an eye out for the episode's broadcast this fall. 
In the kids' tent, multiple murals are being painted, some by our expert muralists, and some by the children visiting the neighborhood. Some of these murals will be given to the Lutz Family to welcome them to their new home. Other murals will be signed by the cast and auctioned off to benefit the Lutz Family. Also to be auctioned off are construction helmets painted by our volunteers. Facepainting is also taking place for the spectators.
The media has been covering the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project in East Setauket extensively, and we have had the privilege to partake in many interviews. See the "In the News" section to the left for more information.
Special thanks to volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules at the last minute to help with this very special project: Diana Daino, Gretchen Fuss, Liz & Rebecca Macchio, Tim Gavan, Brian Fiedler, Jadwiga & Jerry Krawczyk, Emily Pavacic, Kelly Primack, Catherine Brown, Carol Parker, and a big shout-out to Christine Oswald & Kelly Anne Sherlock, who organize the Cold Spring Harbor High School Splash Club.
Kristen's Walk to the Water
Elenas room Kristens WalkKristen Leigh Kessler was an 18-year old, high-spirited girl when she lost her battle to leukemia in 1993. This year, her friends and family as well as other members of the community celebrated the 8th Annual Walk to the Water in Sayville. Funds towards this event are donated towards projects to make children with disease smile; other funds are put towards leukemia research. Splashes of Hope was asked to create murals for two children with serious illnesses, Elena and Dylan. Elena received a mural with a Disney princess theme, while Dylan received a mural featuring a hockey game: the Islanders vs. the Rangers.
Local Projects
Islip MacArthur Airport
Macarthur layoutSplashes of Hope will have a mural placed at Islip's MacArthur Airport, highlighting its relationship with Southwest Airlines. Southwest has provided Splashes of Hope with free airline tickets to be used for long-distance projects. This project is sure to create exposure towards our cause!
Recently Completed Out of State Murals
Ronald McDonald House - Springfield, MA
Ronald McDonald HouseSplashes of Hope has finished our first in a series of nine mural projects to be performed at Ronald McDonald Houses across the nation. The first project was completed this past week at the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield, MA. The Ronald McDonald House Charities provides housing to families of children suffering from diseases that require treatment at hospitals far from home. 
Make-a-Wish Foundation - Andy's Room, NH
Make a Wish NHAndy is a Make-a-Wish recipient who walked into a room that was 'splashed' recently at a local hospital. Upon seeing the murals, he knew exactly what he wanted for his wish: he wanted to be splashed! Heather and Stephanie visited Andy's home last week and provided his new bedroom with vibrancy and color.
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