Treon Strong painting snowman

This image depicts what participants of the Paint it Forward event will paint Dec. 14.

1. It supports the Treon Strong Foundation

Wine & Design in Huntersville hosts the Paint it Forward fundraiser for the Treon Strong Foundation 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. The foundation was created in honor of Scott Treon, a former employee of the Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department who died of brain cancer in September 2016. It works towards raising awareness for those fighting brain tumors through research, financial assistance with life crisis and encouraging others to always believe there is hope because no one is ever fighting alone.


2. This is the first fundraiser of this kind from Treon Strong

Since Treon was involved with coaching and playing softball (and vintage baseball), the foundation previously sponsored a softball tournament, but was unable to this past year when moving the date. It was initially held in November, but Treon’s wife and foundation director Lenae Treon said the weather became a problem in 2017 when bats were breaking during the home run derby. After moving it to August, the foundation wasn’t unable to secure nearly as many teams as the past. Lenae attributed it to many organized teams taking the month off as well as the amount of other events during that time.


3. Treon Strong provides for individuals and organizations 

One way the organization provides assistance is by giving individuals funding it receives. Last year, Treon Strong donated to a man with cancer who didn’t have health insurance. Lenae said the man’s wife was expecting a baby this week. Other times, it goes to hospice providers or other service organizations that need it.


4. Companies are supporting the event

Treon Strong is getting a helping hand from several businesses in the area. Tenders is donating food, Chili’s is providing chips and salsa, Total Wine gave the organization a discount on the wine, and Harris Teeter is also providing a donation.


5. Seats are still available 

There are 65 seats available for participation in Paint it Forward, which costs $50. All are welcome to participate, but wine is only offered for those 21 and older. Lenae said she and her daughters will be taking part in the event. Registration for the class is available at Wine and Design Lake Norman has several other classes throughout December. It’s at 9611 Sherrill Estates Road.


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