Painting with a Twist Raises Nearly $95,000 for Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer

Leading Paint-and-Sip Franchise Hosts Nationwide ‘Painting with a
Purpose’ Events, Presents Foundation’s Largest Donation

with a Twist®
, the nation’s original and largest paint-and-sip
franchise, raised $94,935 throughout the month of July to benefit the Vera
Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer
through the company’s
charitable arm, Painting
with a Purpose
. This is the largest donation the Vera Bradley
Foundation for Breast Cancer has ever received from a third party
fundraising event.

As part of the program, 115 local Painting with a Twist studios held
charity events through Painting with a Purpose, part of the businesses’
commitment to giving back through painting parties. Each location chose
paintings that were specially selected for the event and a portion of
the proceeds went to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. At
certain locations, owners held auctions, raffles and sold paintings to
raise even more money for the cause.

This marks the fourth year for the partnership. To date, Painting with a
Twist studios have raised more than $240,600 for the Vera Bradley
Foundation for Breast Cancer. Painting with a Twist co-founders and
industry pioneers Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney are dedicated to giving
back to local communities with their roots firmly planted in the
non-profit world.

“We’re happy to support the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer
and are proud to have donated the largest gift ever to the foundation
from a third party fundraising event,” said Deano. “This year’s huge
success wouldn’t have been feasible without the enthusiastic
participation of our system. We love to be able to raise money for a
good cause, and we know our customers and franchisees had fun while
doing it.”

At Painting with a Twist, guests come together to experience a unique
‘getaway’ that includes friends, paint and the option to BYOB. Led by
local art instructors, guests paint on bare canvases using paint and
brushes provided by the studio. There are more than 7,500 original
pieces of copyrighted artwork, ranging from landscapes, abstracts and
cityscapes, to creative renderings of animas, iconic buildings and
florals, which have all been conceptualized and produced by Painting
with a Twist art instructors.

“The Painting with a Purpose event is by far the largest one hosted by a
charity partner,” said Lynda Houk, executive director of the Vera
Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. “We are humbled and grateful for
Painting with a Twist’s generous donation and the outstanding energy
that the participating studios committed to the Vera Bradley Foundation
for Breast Cancer.”

To learn more about Painting with a Twist, visit:

About Painting with a Twist®

Painting with a Twist, based in Mandeville, Louisiana is the leading
paint-and-sip franchise with more than 250 studios in 32 states. Founded
in 2007 by Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney, Painting with a Twist began
franchising in 2009 and provides customers with paint, a canvas and
brushes that lead to a fun evening with friends and a finished piece of
art. The company maintains a strong focus on giving back to the local
community, and to date, Painting with a Twist has donated more than $2
million through their charity arm, Painting with a Purpose. As the
fastest-growing franchise in the industry, Painting with a Twist has
been ranked the No. 1 Paint and Sip franchise as part of Entrepreneur
magazine’s annual Franchise 500 edition for the past three years. For
more information about Painting with a Twist’s franchise opportunity,

About The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast

The Foundation is celebrating its 19th year of funding the Vera Bradley
Foundation for Breast Cancer Research Laboratories at the Indiana
University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Since 1998, the Foundation has played an integral role in changing the
face of breast cancer research by supporting 22 labs and 34 researchers
and clinicians who are leading major advancements in drug therapies and
setting a world-wide standard. To date, the Vera Bradley Foundation for
Breast Cancer has raised $25.7 million. The Foundation receives funding
through national events, generous gifts from Vera Bradley (Nasdaq:VRA),
and through donations on


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