TRINITY’S PAINTING WITH A TWIST FUNDRAISER SUPPORTS
“WIVES BEHIND THE BADGE”
Painting with a Purpose hosts special event for would-be artists on June 9.
TRINITY, FL —On Saturday, June 9, Painting with a Twist in Trinity is offering
a special event to support Wives Behind the Badge, a non-profit organization that aids the
families of police officers. Participants in the June Painting with a Purpose event will get step-
by-step instruction to paint a skyline entitled, “Tampa Bay at Night”, with half of the class fee
going to Wives Behind the Badge.
Every year, hundreds of police officers are killed or wounded in the line of duty. Florida is one
of the deadliest states in the country for law enforcement professionals. While these officers
go to work to serve and protect, their spouses are at work trying to provide support to the
families. Wives Behind the Badge was founded in 2006 and now has 500 members. The non-
profit organization raises awareness and provides emotional and financial support to the
families of police officers, including scholarships for the children and spouses and the support
program, HALOS (Helping Aid Lost Officers’ Survivors). In addition to raising money to help
the families, Wives Behind the Badge also raises awareness, providing a positive voice for law
enforcement in the community.
Every month, Painting with a Twist in Trinity hosts Painting with a Purpose, a 3-hour class,
where participants will be guided step by step to complete the acrylic painting du jour. For
the WBTB event, guests will paint a nighttime skyline of Tampa Bay. Even people who have
never painted before will walk away with their original artwork. The stroke-by-stroke classroom
approach always surprises even the most unsure participants.
“It’s so much fun to see people unleash their inner artist. Most of our students are amazed at
what they can do with a little instruction and a palette of paint,” says Sharon Reis, co-owner
of the Trinity studio, which opened in October 2011. Since then, they have already introduced
painting to 1,350 people—ranging from children to adults, including groups like birthday
parties, showers, girls night out, and date nights. “When we can bring this joy to people and
help a worthy cause at the same time, it’s a fantastic experience.”
For $45, anyone can take part in Painting with a Purpose. All materials and instruction is
included. Half of every fee that day will be donated to Wives Behind the Badge. The event takes
place on June 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Trinity location on State Route 54.
Reis’ business partner, Michelle Beres, says Painting with a Purpose is an opportunity for
them to give back to the community, something that is important to every member of the
Painting with a Twist franchise. “We host a fundraiser every month because we are committed
to supporting the community that supports our business—and not just in the financial
contribution, but in helping them to gain awareness of their cause. And what better way to
create connections than through art?”
Painting with a Twist is a concept born of two spirited women in New Orleans following the
dark days of Hurricane Katrina. The motto of Painting with a Twist is, “A little bit of paint,
a little bit of wine, and a whole lot of fun.” The idea quickly caught on and the business is
enjoying a growth spurt that has yielded more than 60 units in two short years of franchising.
Offering a unique getaway that includes friends, paint and the option to bring a favorite bottle
of wine and snacks, Painting with a Twist has become a pioneer in the art entertainment
industry, making art accessible to anyone. With local art instructors as guides, friends can come
together for an evening of creativity and camaraderie as they create one-of-a-kind pieces of art
and, often, discover a newfound talent.
Over 100 artists work for the Painting with a Twist studios, which presents individual sessions
from a gallery of over 2,000 copyrighted paintings. The monthly calendar features specific
paintings. Guests then choose a painting, reserve a spot online or by phone, come in for a great
evening, and leave with a masterpiece. Classes and camps for children are also scheduled, and
provide a wonderful way for the kids to spend quality time socializing and discovering their
For more information or to register for Painting with a Purpose, contact Jennifer
Houston, Event Coordinator for Painting with a Twist in Trinity, 352-584-1396, or visit
Suite 112, Trinity, Florida.