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Team Red, White and Blue paints to support cause

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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 4:30 am

Sunday afternoon, more than 35 people gathered for painting and a few adult beverages at Harker Heights’ Painting with a Twist’s Painting with a Purpose.

The shop has hosted the monthly event since opening about two years ago, said administration assistant Brianna Wilson.

Participants pay to sit in on a painting class, during which an instructor provides step-by-step instructions and all the supplies.

Bringing your own wine and hors d’oeuvres is encouraged, and half of the proceeds go toward an area nonprofit organization.

“This is one of our best ones,” Wilson said of the sold-out afternoon class.

On Sunday, Team Red, White and Blue was the recipient of the fundraising efforts, and the group made up about half the class’s participants.

The group has organized socials at the venue in the past.

“We loved it,” said John Stasulli, Fort Hood chapter captain.

The funds earned will go toward continuing Team Red, White and Blue’s veterans outreach efforts, Stasulli said.

The Fort Hood chapter organizes social events to connect veterans and civilian community members.

The group also does volunteer work and athletic activities.

Kathie Carvajal dipped her brush into blue paint, beginning to fill in the outline of an American flag.

She has been a member of Team Red, White and Blue since May, enjoying the camaraderie the social outlet provides for veterans and their supporters.

“Being military, you have that and when you get out, it’s not there,” Carvajal said. Being in Team Red, White and Blue gives her support and friendship, not only in Killeen but across the state. “I’ve met a lot of people. We’re always there for each other,” she said.

She plans to hang the painting in her home, with her running medals underneath. Carvajal earned each of them participating in sporting events through the nonprofit.

A 1st Cavalry Division family readiness group made up 11 members of the class. Team Red, White and Blue recently visited with groups at Fort Hood to spread the word about their offerings.

“It’s supporting a good cause,” said Angela Mackey, the group leader who organized their participation. Mackey often organizes social events for military spouses to come together, much like Team Red, White and Blue.

“It’s about support for one another. We’re all in the same boat,” she said.

Stasulli selected the American flag image from more than 2,500 options.

“It’s a very patriotic theme. The flag was an obvious choice,” he said, for the military spouses and veterans Sunday afternoon.

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