PINOT’S PALETTE OWNER PUTS HEART AND SOUL INTO PAINTING Cathie Cook puts her heart and soul into the fundraisers she hosts through her new business at The Arboretum of South Barrington called Pinot’s Palette, an upscale paint studio where customers come to express themselves artistically on canvas, attend sip and paint classes, or just to create a masterpiece. Cook opened the store to bring art to the masses – whether for a cause, a gathering, or art therapy. “In two or three hours you can create a festive, whimsical and colorful painting while sipping a delicious beverage,” she said. The concept has taken hold, particularly with local nonprofits looking to support their efforts in the community. “I have always tried to give back to the community as an individual,” Cook said. She formerly worked for a familyowned insurance company that was particularly dedicated to supporting local causes. While there she headed a committee assigned with selecting important nonprofits to fund in the community, those that were meaningful to the employees. Knowing the importance of that community investment, Cook started hosting a fundraiser a month at Pinot’s Palette, giving a portion of the proceeds back to the community group. Now she schedules five or six fundraisers a month, supporting a variety of causes such as the Children’s Advocacy Center, Rescue Warriors animal rescue, the March of Dimes, Clearbrook, the Leukemia Foundation, and more. She
goes beyond just giving up profits to share the proceeds of an event with each organization, she donates raffle prizes, sells raffle tickets, and attends each event herself. “I love to help other people,” Cook said. “It’s something everyone should do and if you can’t afford to donate resources, then donate your time.” Cook herself volunteers for the Children’s Advocacy Center which advocates for children of abuse and is involved in the Women’s Heart for Healing organization.
One of the most rewarding fundraisers she hosted was an event for a local woman who lost both her husband and son to suicide. The day of the event was her actual wedding anniversary. “Our fundraisers can be so touching,” Cook said. Another event she hosted raised money for a local girl who needed a kidney transplant, when the girl showed up that night, it inspired everyone. “I usually end up crying at some point at each of these fundraisers,” Cook said.
BARRINGTON AREA REGIONAL MAGAZINE & RESOURCE DIRECTORY | 2016-17 EDITION
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