NEW JERSEY: The imaging department at Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center gave back to their local community this month.  HMH hosted Painting With a Twist (PWAT) parties at their Old Bridge and Perth Amboy locations. There were 2 different breast cancer awareness themed  paintings to choose from:  The LOVE sign was painted at Perth Amboy imaging campus and The Love Tree at Old Bridge imaging campus, on 10/2 and 10/4 respectively. Painting with a Twist is located in Holmdel, NJ and re-created their studio experience on location in Perth Amboy and Marlboro. 

These painting events were sponsored by HMH, and it was the Imaging Dept's way of giving back  to patients in the community and raising awareness, during October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They used flyers and identical posters to bring attention to raffle boxes spread throughout the imaging campuses prompting visiting patients to enter the raffle. 

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Patients were able to submit their names and contact info to enter the raffles for free.  Fifteen winners were selected at each campus and each winner could bring one guest.  Light food, some sweet treats, wine and soft drinks were provided.  

PWAT of Holmdel provided the arts and entertainment component.  The owner of PWAT of Holmdel, Joe Casagliola was on-site to help with the instruction and commented,  "The Hackensack Meridian events were so much fun, most of the guests had never painted before and were unfamiliar with one another and it was really great to see all the connections being made through art. Art is therapeutic--somewhat like a massage for the brain. It takes away stress similar to the way massage takes away muscle tension." 

Every guest received a goody-bag from Hackensack Meridian that also included a $7-off coupon for on-site painting at Painting With a Twist in Holmdel, NJ, located in the Kohls Plaza. 

Castagliola continued, "By the end of both events everyone was laughing, talking and some were exchanging contact information. Many are already making plans to go to my Holmdel studio location with friends and family for a second project.  Painting together makes people happy... I was even able to give instructions in Spanish with some guests, which was fun for me to use my second language, while making quick connections. We all had a great time."  

Painting with a Twist is a great location for your next party, corporate event or fundraiser. It's a great way for a business or organization to give back to the community by providing art experiences, which naturally reduce stress for most people and creates conversation.  For more information about Painting with a Twist in Holmdel: Call or Text Us: 732-226-2665 send an email to
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