Look Who’s Painting is an event that has been held by Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois (BBBSWCI) every year for the past five years. For the event, BBBSWCI brings together Morgan County celebrities to produce exciting pieces of art with the hope of raising money to support their programs and the children they serve. This year’s local celebrities include Illinois College’s President Dr. Barbara Farley, Candidate for Morgan County State’s Attorney, Tyson Manker, Illinois State Rep, C.D. Davidsmeyer, Judy Tighe of Jacksonville Main Street, Director of Career Services at MacMurray, Anne Godman, and SafeCo Bakery & Donut’s very own, Saif Mouilish. These are just six of 24 local celebrities painting this year. This event is a great opportunity for networking with very successful local personalities and also gives you a chance to purchase unique artwork created by them.
Brittany Henry, executive director of the Jacksonville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, who painted last year, stated, “I remember when I was first asked to be part of this event. I am nowhere near artistic and I completely shot it down. And then I thought, it’s a fundraiser for children. So then I came back and said ‘I’m not very artistic, but I will do this because the money is going to a good cause.’”
BBBSWCI’s fundraising & social media specialist, Ryan Flynn, elaborates on the importance of the event, “Look Who’s Painting is one of the unique events where we really get to interact with leaders in our community, who, in turn, get to learn more about our programs and the kids we serve. The best part is the money raised from this event will be used to further the school programs and help fund more matches in the communities we serve.”