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Longmont business turns fundraising into an art form

Board and Brush hosting workshop to raise money for Roberta’s Legacy
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Some of the sign designs that participants could complete in an upcoming fundraising workshop at Longmont Board and Brush for Roberta's Legacy.

A Longmont business is getting crafty to fundraise for a local nonprofit.

Longmont Board and Brush will be hosting a fundraising workshop for Roberta’s Legacy from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 9. Owner Belinda Pelletier said that the idea for the fundraiser came to her after donating gift cards to the nonprofit a few times and realizing that Sept. 9 is Stand Up to Cancer Day.

Roberta’s Legacy provides financial assistance, care and resources to those diagnosed with breast cancer and their families in Longmont.

“They really made an impression on me, just the things they do for local women really made me think about them,” Pelletier said.

Since starting her business in July 2019, Pelletier has been getting more and more involved in the community. She’s part of the Left Hand Artist Group, where she has helped to raise funds for local nonprofits, and it’s something she wants to get further involved in.

Roberta’s Legacy has left an impact on Pelletier even since she heard a story about the nonprofit supporting a Longmont woman with breast cancer who was living in her car. The woman wasn’t going to be able to make her car payment, so the organization helped fundraise enough money to make sure she kept her car.

“That’s what they do, just meet people where they are,” Pelletier said.

This is the first fundraiser workshop to be hosted by Longmont Board and Brush, but Pelletier wants to host more throughout the year.

“It’s just a really fun activity to do. Lots of people come in for team building or girls nights out,” she said. “It’s just something that would be really fun to do while raising money for a good cause.”

No prior experience is required to join the workshop, nor is it required to even be a person who considers themselves crafty at all.

“That’s our favorite thing to hear,” Pelletier said. “When somebody comes in for a workshop, we go through every step. We have people there to assist you if you need it and leave you alone if you don’t need it.”

The cost to participate in the fundraiser is between $73-$78, with 20% donated back to Roberta’s Legacy. Attendees will select from over 700 sign designs.

“Everybody comes in and leaves with a project they feel very successful with,” Pelletier said. “That’s really kind of the whole goal of the franchise in general, is to empower people.”

Seating is limited to the first 16 people and registration can be done here.