Cooper County’s Relay for Life’s hospital team sponsored a Paint Night on Friday the 20th at the Rural Health Clinic on Main Street at 6:00 p.m. At least 20 participants showed up ready to paint, the youngest being five-and-a-half-year-old Connor Skanes. This was his fourth time attending a paint night.
Everyone had a different reason for coming out to paint. One lady claimed it was her “mother’s night out, dad’s home with the kids.” Two others were enjoying a mother/daughter outing. One couple came from Central City, Kansas, just to paint. But the one thing they all had in common was their willingness to support the fight against cancer. With two sizes of canvas to choose from, the price ranged from $20 to $30 with one-third of the proceeds going directly to Relay for Life.
The evening’s theme was “Follow Your Dreams, They Know the Way.” With only a penciled outline for the castle, and background music from the 60s and 70s, Margie Brimer guided the class through a series of instructions that had everyone creating a work of art.
Brimer and her husband Ryan have a practiced method of teaching art/painting that gives the student a sense of pride and accomplishment. And they have combined their love of teaching with a way to give back to the community, by offering a percentage of the class fees to the sponsor’s charity of choice. They consider it a win-win for everyone.
For Cooper County Memorial Hospital, that choice is Relay for Life.
“We’ve been doing this for Relay for Life for three or four years now,” Brimer said as she addressed the class and got underway. “We really enjoy it.”
For the next hour, everyone enjoyed a relaxing evening of creativity. Occasionally Brimer would walk around and check on everyone’s progress. One of her best students was ten-year-old Aleah Minks who displayed a lot of talent in blending colors and fading from light to dark.
When the evening was over, everyone left with a beautiful painting and Relay for Life had another contribution for their fight against cancer.