North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt has announced that Jesse Gooch, proprietor of Painters Plus, has selected the winner of the second annual Project H.O.P.E contest. Jane Clark, a 90-year-old widow from East Robinson Street, was selected from the entries submitted for the paint makeover.
Project HOPE, which stands for "Helping Others Paint Exteriors," was initiated by Gooch in 2011. Clark will have her home pressure-washed, primed and painted by the Painters Plus crew and their volunteers. Ortt, along with other city officials, will assist with the project. In addition, members of the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas and local businesses will support the event, which is planned for Saturday, Aug. 11 (weather permitting).
When the contest was announced, the criterion for selecting a person or family was that they were either disabled, elderly, suffering financial hardships, or a disabled veteran.
"There were several good entries submitted for the contest, and it was challenging to make the final decision," Gooch said.
"This is a great project that helps not only the homeowner, but the entire neighborhood. I commend Jesse Gooch and his team from Painters Plus for his volunteer efforts in giving back to our city," Ortt said.
Sherwin Williams, located on Meadow Drive in North Tonawanda, will provide the paint for Project HOPE. In addition, Little Caesar's Pizza will donate food and beverage for the volunteers helping with this event.