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Splashes of Hope Newsletter

July 2010
In This Issue
Upcoming Projects
Recent Events
Recently Completed Out-of-State Murals
Recently Completed Local Projects
Community Outreach
Currently In Our Studio
NSLIJ Southside Hospital
Sponsored by the Inaugural Bay Cruise
South Oaks Hospital
Children & Pre-Adolescent Calming Room Beach Scene
Sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities
 Stony Brook University Medical Center Burn Unit Sponsored by the Laurence W. Levine Foundation
Interfaith Nutrition Network
Sponsored by Estee Lauder
 Ronald McDonald House of Richmond, Virginia
 Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Virginia
 Children's Toy room
 Sponsored by Splashes of Hope 2010 Annual Gala & Art Auction
In the Media

Splashes of Hope has recently been featured in:
Keep It On Long Island   - Splashes of Hope at Extreme Makeover: Home Edition & Recent honoring of volunteer artist Diana Daino as Motorola Corporation's "Volunteer of the Year"
Newsday's Pennysaver Commack, West Islip Edition
 Suffolk County Legislator Jon Cooper visited our art studio and viewed the mural painted by children at Suffolk County's Annual Earth Day in Riverhead.  The mural was installed at Little Flower Children and Family Services in Wading River.
Listen for us this Sunday on
Island Outlook 
airing at:
WHLI (1100 AM & whli.com)
9:00 AM
KJOY (98.3/96.1 & kjoy.com)
6:00 AM
B103 (103.1 & b103.com)
7:00 AM
WMJC (94.3 & wmjcfm.com)
7:00 AM
WRCN (103.9 & wrcn.com)
6:00 AM
The show will feature a half hour interview on the Splashes of Hope program and the profound effect the artwork has made for the Coalition Against Child Abuse & Neglect.
 And look for us in next Friday's edition of Long Island Business News to see a picture of our mural at Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
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Recent Events

Inaugural Great South Bay Cruise
We ferried the Bay for an exceptional day of fundraising in the sun!
Over 90 friends of Splashes of Hope boarded a boat to raise funds for a new mural project at NSLIJ Southside Hospital.  Chaired by board member Mark Murray, our supporters cruised around the Great South Bay and made stops for a round of drinks at featured pubs and restaraunts, including:
 Mallory Square at the Sayville Ferry Termnal
The Snapper Inn in Oakdale
The Snack Bar at Sailor's Haven
 Island Breeze at Cherry Grove. 

Cruisers enjoyed a delicious lunch generously donated by The Cull House and spent time strolling on the beaches, lounging on the patio of the Snapper Inn, and fraternizing with the colorful crowd at Cherry Grove. 

Thank you to all Sponsors, Cruisers, and Volunteers who helped us to make such a "Splash" in the Great South Bay!

Event Chair, Mark Murray, celebrates the day with fellow cruisers.
Mark at Bay
For more photos of the event, click here!
Greetings! cruise

Splashes of Hope is having fun in the sun this summer!  Whether painting under the outdoor Kids' Tent at the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build, or hosting a Ferry Cruise fund raiser, we are constantly expanding our mission to bring smiles and joy to patients and their families when they need it most.


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 happily share the achievements we have recently accomplished together.

Recently Completed Out of State Murals

Oakland, CaliforniaDiana Oakland

This month, Founder & Executive Director Heather Buggee traveled with the talented volunteer artists Sandy Romano and Diana Daino to the Children's Hospital & Research Center in Oakland.  The team painted night and day in order to "splash" the hallway of the Radiology Unit. They created a colorful scene of Lake Merrit with "I Spy" elements for positive visual distraction for the children.  Upon completion of the mural, the team presented patients with Splashes of Hope coloring books and provided face-painting for children and staff.

The project was made possible by Southwest Airlines "Share the Spirit" program Click here to see more photos.

Recently Completed Local Projects
NSLIJ Southside Hospital, Bay Shore

SouthsideOur mural work at Southside Hospital's Maternity Unit continues with the recent completion of a ceiling sky scene in the Solarium and a welcoming garden scene (pictured left) for the Nurses' Station.  The recent murals were sponsored by Astoria Federal Savings. This addition joins a series of hand-painted ceiling tiles installed above the patient recovery beds, which were sponsored by Leviton.

Weekly "Splash":
hand paintingThanks to an initial grant from the Thomas & Jeanne Elmezzi Foundation and the ongoing support of the Laurence W. Levine Foundation, Splashes of Hope artists provide hand-painting for the patients and siblings at the Stony Brook Pediatric Oncology clinic each week.  Our 2008 "Volunteer of the Year" Sandy Romano leads the joyful program, which provides therapeutic distraction during medical treatment & comfort while waiting for test results.  Each week, Sandy paints whatever a child might wish for, and brings a smile to all their little faces. Splashes of Hope coloring books are given out to the children, courtesy of the Laurence W. Levine Foundation.  The coloring books were designed by the talented students from the Graphic Art department at Farmingdale University.
Community Outreach
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for the Lutz Family
PictureSplashes of Hope had the honor of joining the hundreds of volunteers who gave their time and talents to the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build in East Setauket this June.  The sponsor, Alure Home Improvements, asked Splashes of Hope to oversee the activities in the Kids' Tent. 
Our team of volunteers painted the happy faces of the aspiring artists.
Over the course of four sweltering days on site, we mentored the artistry of young people in the community to paint wishes of hope and love to the Lutz Family.  Together we painted a 5-panel "Welcome Home" mural which was lifted into view as the family returned for the big "Move That Bus" reveal of their new home!
PictureIncluded in the 475 combined volunteer hours was the  Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Alure Home Improvements "sky of dreams" mural (pictured right).  Hardhats were also hand-painted by our artists and signed by the show's cast were auctioned at a Lutz Family fund raiser to help them maintain their new home.

But we didn't stop there!  We also pulled two all-nighters lending our talents in the family's new home for EMHE design producer's special artistic project and decorative painting needs.  Click here to read more about the project and click here to see all the photos of our experience!
 Currently In Our Studio
 Al La Rosa and Jose
Rivero (from the Thomas & Jeanne Elmezzi Foundation) made a lovely visit to the Splashes of Hope art studio just yesterday, and presented a check for $5,000 towards projects and programs to help continue our mission!  Details of the sponsored "splashing" will be in our next newsletter...
Our sincere thanks to the
Thomas & Jeanne Elmezzi Foundation
Layout Designs:
Volunteer artist Liz Macchio is putting the finishing touches on a series of four layout designs in order to create a 360 degree soothing beach scene in the Children & Pre-Adolescent Calming Room at South Oaks Hospital.  The project is being made possible with the sponsorship of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Pal-O-Mine Equestrian Center, Islandia
The therapeutic equestrian center is receiving its second "splash" with the installation of a meadow scene of wild horses running toward the light.  The mural, which was sponsored by The Rollstone Foundation, honors the life of Kaeli Kramer, an avid animal lover and activist.  The hope-filled scene  puts image to Pal-O-Mine's mission of providing horseback riding training to individuals with disabilities for physical, emotional, cognitive, and social skill building. 
Islip MacArthur Airport
Macarthur Frank 
Staff artist Frank Bandiero is painting an ariel view of Long Island, scheduled to be installed at Islip MacArthur Airport in the Baggage Claim Area.  The promotional piece will draw attention to the continued support Southwest Airlines has provided with their "Share The Spirit" volunteer program and sponsorship of flights for our artists to "splash" the communities they serve.
Coloring Books:
coloring bookSummer is the season for coloring your world! Splashes of Hope is designing 3 coloring books to introduce young patients to the hospital environment in a child-friendly manner.  Volunteer artist Diana Daino is designing the pages for the NYMEX sponsored coloring books to be distributed at Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center.  Staff artist Frank Bandiero is creating illustrations for Mount Sinai Medical Center's Pediatric Radiology Unit coloring books, which is made possible by the Laurence W. Levine Foundation.  The Laurence W. Levine Foundation also donated funds to underwrite the cost of coloring books for Bellevue Hospital Center's Pediatric Unit, currently in design by Stephanie Condra.  The books will be available this fall to patients to help reduce fear and anxiety in the unfamiliar hospital setting.
All paint products are generously donated by Benjamin Moore & Co!
Splashes of Hope is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization with office & art studio space provided by the Suffolk County Parks Department at Coindre Hall in Huntington, NY. Free tours are available upon request by calling (631) 424- 8230
Thank you so much for all your continued support as we bring smiles, love, and joy with the strokes of our paintbrushes... Splash on!
The Splash Team