North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt announced Jesse Gooch, proprietor of Painters Plus, has selected the winner of the third annual Project H.O.P.E contest. Megan Sholtz, a 35-year-old mother of three, was selected from the entries submitted for the paint makeover.
Sholtz 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. 24 (weather permitting).
Gooch initiated project H.O.P.E., which stands for "Helping Others Paint Exteriors," in 2011.
When the contest was announced, the criteria for selecting a person or family were 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.