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On Thursday February 12, The Painter’s Loft Art Studio in Pennington will be hosting “Arts & Carafes Night,” an evening of painting, wine, food and fun to benefit VolunteerConnect.

VolunteerConnect is Mercer County based non-profit organization that expands the reach, impact and capacity of other community organizations through effective volunteerism. By providing resources, networking opportunities and workshops, VolunteerConnect helps non-profit leaders capitalize on the strength of volunteers and improve organizational capacity. And partnering with area organizations to help develop more effective non-profit boards and provide a more rewarding experience for board members, VolunteerConnects helps local nonprofits identify and define projects that draw on specific professional skills and recruit skilled volunteers to assist. VolunteerConnect serves as a leader in raising awareness about the value of volunteerism and inspires residents to make an impact in the community.

arts-and-carafes-night_1final-791x1024My husband, Ryan Kennedy, and I have been fortunate to be involved with VolunteerConnect and its amazing staff and volunteers. Almost exactly a year ago, I participated in their Board Connect program which offers specialized training for individuals interested in serving as a member of a nonprofit Board of Trustees. And last October, Ryan and his law firm, Hill Wallack, were honored with VolunteerConnect’s Impact Award for volunteerism.

MercerMe’s Mary Galioto and Ryan Kennedy will both be attending “Arts & Carafes Night” — join us at The Painter’s Loft (2nd Floor, 1 Tree Farm Road in Pennington) from 6:30-9:30pm. For your tickets, click here.

1240177_615304461843302_466384988_n-500x333The Painter’s Loft Art Studio is a place of creativity for adults and children that offers classes for all skill levels in areas of canvas painting, paint-your-own pottery, glass fusion, mosaics, wine glass painting, and clay building. Besides scheduled classes, The Painter’s Loft hosts parties and also has open studio hours for those who want to test out a new project. Owner Cindy Laliwala is the artist of VanGox, one of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council oxen stampede, and has a BFA from Parson’s School of Design.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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