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The Paint Pub Provides Positive Program for Patients at Celebrate U Event

May 01, 2016 07:01PM ● By Wendy Erlien

Celebrate U event in April at The Paint Pub in Maple Grove. (Photo provided by The Paint Pub)

Four years ago, longtime Maple Grove residents Jill and Tom Tufano opened The Paint Pub at Grove Square.

During a typical class, the art studio café offers customers an opportunity to enjoy a beverage while attending an instructor-led painting class where new to experienced painters learn step-by-step how to create a featured painting.

However, the Celebrate U class in April was anything but typical.

“For the past 18 months, I have been following the journey of a longtime family friend, Roxy Brown.  I have admired Roxy’s strength and positive attitude as she has successfully fought her battle [with cancer]. I wanted to do something for her,” Paint Pub Owner Jill Tufano said. “Tom and I are lucky that we have not had to personally deal with cancer and we could only imagine the wide spectrum of emotions - stress, worry, anxiety – to name a few - that cancer patients and their loved ones go through. So we decided to give them an opportunity to set those emotions aside for one night – and focus on having fun.”

And, the Celebrate U event at The Paint Pub was created.

Brown assisted in connecting the Tufano’s with the University of Minnesota Health – Maple Grove Cancer Care where she was receiving treatment and the April date was set.

 “For me, the night was fabulous,” Brown said. “I just finished 14 months of breast cancer treatment. I am feeling so good. I have new energy and a new appreciation for the simple things in life. The Paint Pub night allowed me to use that new energy to try a painting project, something definitely out of my comfort zone. But the night was so fun!”

The evening included a free painting class and beverage for each registrant and their guest. The Paint Pub teacher and assistants provided instruction on the painting, including technique and color mixing, to ensure each person’s painting would be unique.

“Tom and I have always wanted to make sure that we gave back to the community that we live in and where we run our business and this was a great opportunity to do so,” she said. “Supporting our community is very important to us. It is our home. Tom and I feel fortunate to live and work in such a great community.”

Staff at the Maple Grove Cancer Center was “critical to the success of the event” as they distributed fliers to the patients and encouraged them to attend, according to Jill. Approximately 50 people attended the April event.

“We had a variety of people attend – some who were just starting treatment, others in the midst, some recently finished, and others who finished treatment over a year ago,” Jill said. “One daughter stated that she had not been able to get her mom out of the house and that she was so grateful to see her have a good time.”

The University of Minnesota Health Cancer Care specialists at Maple Grove Cancer Center focus on the diagnosis, treatment, and long-term health cancer patients through services and therapies.

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