The following is a press release used with
permission of the National Paint and Coatings Association (NPCA)
Girl Scout's Receive
"Picture it Painted Award"
Washington, DC, May 31,
2000 - The National Paint and Coatings Association (NPCA) has announced the
9 winners of its 2000 "Picture it Painted" awards, including a Girl Scout
Council's project. Each year, the Picture it Painted program donates paint and funds for
worthwhile community restoration and improvement projects across the nation.
Lake Rickabear and Camp Te Ata Clean Up Days
Kinnelon, New Jersey and Harriman State Park, New York
More than 15,000 girls and adults are members of the Lenni-Lenape Girl Scout Council.
This council manages several popular camp facilities, including Lake Rickabear, a 332-acre
program center in Kinnelon, NJ. Lake Rickabear is the site of camping, day camp, picnics
and environmental programs for schools, and hosts almost 30,000 visitors a year. The
council also runs Camp Te Ata, an 80-acre program center located in Harriman State Park in
New York., which offers camping throughout the year, including summer camp. Paint donated
by Picture it Painted is being used for the Clean Up Days program, which is bringing
together 150 volunteers to clean up cabins and a lodge at Lake Rickabear, and sleeping
cabins at Camp Te Ata. This effort benefits a large number of children and adults in
northern New Jersey who enjoy these camp facilities.
Program Has Existed for More than 20 Years
For more than 20 years, NPCA's Picture it Painted program has facilitated paint donations,
arranged for supplies, and brought together volunteers to renew and refresh sites
including shelters, homes of low-income and disabled residents, schools, parks, hospitals,
recreational facilities and historic buildings, among others. In 2000, more than 200
applications were received, and 9 outstanding projects were selected, each demonstrating a
unique and lasting ability to make a positive impact on the surrounding community and its
projects being honored with Picture it Painted awards include:
- Washington, DC's 3,500 volunteer, city-wide Greater DC Cares project, rehabilitating
dozens of schools and recreational facilities around the city.
- South Bend, Indiana's popular Potawatomi Zoo Park, the oldest zoo in the state of
Indiana, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary next year.
- Picture it Painted for Pets in Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado, a cleanup of the Humane
Society shelter where families adopt new pets.
- Other projects include a 4-H camp, housing and neighborhood cleanups, a Flint, Michigan
community Pride Day, and an effort to repaint essential childcare program facilities in
NPCA members who made donations of paint or funds to support the
Picture it Painted 2000 national program include the following companies:
Adheron Coatings Corporation of Oak Forest, Illinois
Benjamin Moore & Company, of Montvale, New Jersey
California Products Corporation of Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Flood Company of Hudson, Ohio
Samuel Cabot, Inc. of Newburyport, Massachusetts
Silberline Manufacturing Company, Inc. of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania
The Chidley & Peto Company of Arlington Heights, Illinois
Huntsman Tioxide, Inc. of Downers Grove, Illinois
Engelhard Corporation of Iselin, New Jersey
The generous support of these companies allowed NPCA to award paint, or funds to
purchase paint, to 9 different Picture it Painted applicants.
Other Picture it Painted Recipients
Potawatomi Zoo Park South Bend, Indiana
The Potawatomi Zoo Park is a favorite attraction among city parks. Entertaining and
educating more than 200,000 visitors every year, the Potawatomi Zoo is the oldest zoo in
the state of Indiana, and celebrates its l00th anniversary in 2001. Picture it Painted
donated paint that will be used to help refresh and revitalize various buildings, exhibit
signage and other zoo facilities, keeping the zoo attractive for its many visitors.
Greater DC Cares Washington, DC
Greater DC Cares took place on May 20, 2000, and was an effort involving more than 3,000
volunteers from the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland. Picture it Painted
donated paint that was used to paint and rehabilitate a number of worthwhile community
facilities. Painting projects included the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Anthony
Bowen YMCA facility, numerous elementary schools, recreation centers, the Children's
Studio Public Charter School plus a number of other charter schools, Boys and Girls Clubs,
parks, low-income housing facil