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Sip and Paint to Raise Youth Funds

Mar 19, 2024 10:51AM ● By Make It Happen for Yolo County News Release

Guests at Make It Happen for Yolo County‚Äôs Sip and Paint fundraiser at the Pence Gallery will enjoy wine and food while creating this painting with local artist Joanne Andresen to raise funds for transition age youth across the county.

YOLO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - West Sacramento residents are invited to Sip and Paint, a wine and painting fundraiser at the Pence Gallery in Davis on April 6, to benefit Make It Happen for Yolo County.

The nonprofit Make It Happen for Yolo County organization works with youth ages 16 to 24, moving into independent living situations from group or foster homes, or from being formerly homeless.

Funds raised at the April 6 Sip and Paint will help the nonprofit organization provide furniture, household goods, cleaning supplies and essential items needed to establish a first home.

Sip and Paint guests will enjoy wine, beer and other beverages as they create a painting guided by Davis artist and teacher Joanne Andresen from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Small bites will also be served. Admission is $75 per person and tables of four are available for $300. Seating is limited and tickets can be bought at

"We are excited to bring the community together for this fun event that will ensure we can serve even more under-resourced transition age youth in Yolo County who are moving out on their own this year," said Make It Happen for Yolo County executive director Cathi Schmidt. "We hope to meet new friends and raise awareness as we gather for an afternoon of wine and painting with the incomparable Joanne Andresen. Everyone will go home with a beautiful painting in hand and a warm heart knowing that they have invested in the future of this particularly vulnerable population that is often overlooked."

Event sponsors include the Pence Gallery, Nugget Markets, Holly's Hill Vineyards and J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Make It Happen for Yolo County receives furniture donations from the community and buys new appliances and household items to help youth move into independent living situations. The youth are referred from Yolo County child welfare services, mental health and probation divisions, as well as the UC Davis Guardian Scholars program and other local groups involved with this population.

Since its founding in 2014, Make It Happen for Yolo County has helped more than 250 transition age youth. To make a financial or furniture donation, visit

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