On Centre | Around Bellefonte: Paint your wagon, or anything else, for charity

Chrissie Ebeck, 35, of Bellefonte, said she’s always looking for a new fundraising idea.

“People get sick of the same old thing,” she said.

“I mean, you can only sell so many hoagies or sell so many raffle tickets.”

The former probation officer said she lost both her grandmothers to breast cancer, and while the disease has touched her family, it really hit home when she lost her close friend last November.

When her friend was diagnosed, Ebeck decided to get involved. She participates in the Susan G. Komen three-day, 60-mile walk held each fall. This year will mark her third walk. The difficulty is in the $2,300 fundraising goal that must be met each year in order to participate.

To help in the funding effort, Ebeck is hosting a sip and paint event on Saturday.

For $50, anyone is welcome to participate from 1 to 3 p.m. at Cool Beans Coffee and Tea on West High Street. Refreshments will be served as local artist Amanda Kunkle guides visitors through the creation of a painting from start to finish.

Kunkle, 33, of State College, said she was contacted by Ebeck in the fall to put an event together to support the fight against breast cancer.

The owner of Happy Valley Sip and Paint, Kunkle said she typically offers painting events through private homes or at the Contempo Artisan Boutique in Boalsburg.

While the events offer wine and cheese, she thought it was an interesting idea to do a spin on the event by offering coffee instead.

Ebeck is providing the paints and canvases, she said, while she’ll bring the brushes and smocks. The paintings will be on 9-inch by 12-inch canvases, Ebeck said.

“Hopefully someday we’ll be able to find a cure and people won’t have to deal with it anymore,” Ebeck said.