Did you know that September is Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month? Well, now you do! Ironically, September is also the month my mom suffered from a ruptured brain aneurysm and underwent the most trying times of her life (and ours).
It’s been a little over a year since the aneurysm and we’re only a few days away from the one-year mark since she’s been home from the hospital. To celebrate, my sister and I decided to do something special just for her while also giving back to Gates Vascular Institute in Buffalo, which is the hospital that houses the surgeons and medical professionals that saved my mom’s life.
A former co-worker of mine, Bev, is an incredibly talented graphic designer and artist who recently started up her own business at Painting Uncorked, a BYOB painting class using watercolor paints. I’ve been wanting an excuse to try out a class, and the “aneurversary” (as we’re calling it) was the perfect opportunity! Bev graciously agreed to host the event as a fundraiser with 50% of everyone’s registration fees being donated to Gates, and we were so excited to surprise my mom with the event!
On Thursday night, Tay and I picked up our mom, grabbed a quick bite to eat, and made our way to the Painting Uncorked studio. To keep from raising suspicion, we told her that her “surprise” that we had been talking about was going to a paint night, as we often talk about wanting to go them together. She was excited to go, and even more excited when we walked in and *most* of her favorite people were there to celebrate with us!
The night was a ton of fun, all of our paintings turned out beautifully, and we raised almost $500 for Gates! All in all, it was a win-win! I highly recommend Painting Uncorked to anyone in the area for special events, fundraisers, or private parties. Bev and her business partner have done a wonderful job in creating a unique creative experience and they went above and beyond to make sure our needs were accommodated!
Thank you to Painting Uncorked and everyone who came out and donated for this fun night. We love you, Mimi, and we are ALL so very proud of how far you have come this past year!