Before we get to the outstanding events and programs we have scheduled for 2016, we want to take a moment to share one more special moment from last year.
Injured service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, attended a pasta and paint event with Freedom Alliance. Patients and caregivers mingled in the USO Warrior and Family Center at the hospital for this final December get-together.
Artist and teacher Elizabeth Brunsman donates her time and talent so that Freedom Alliance can offer these evenings, which include art instruction that anyone can follow. This one was the fourth event of the year. The Brunsman family, which has military roots, came along to assist Elizabeth and the artists-in-training.
We always begin with a pasta dinner and desserts, and time for chitchat. Then Elizabeth puts on her apron and microphone, and everybody sets up to paint.
For December’s Paint Night, Elizabeth chose an R2D2 portrait with some Christmas flair. The Star Wars theme was requested specially by the Walter Reed crowd to coincide with the release of the new film, and a couple of service members wore their Lucas franchise apparel to paint in.
When the painting was polished and the evening was winding down, the artists held up their canvases for a group photo. One soldier brought his service dog, Chevy, who helped display the finished piece.
There will be lots more art coming from Walter Reed when Elizabeth returns for the next Freedom Alliance Pasta and Paint Night.
Stay tuned later in the week for the Presents for Patriots report! (Click here to read.)