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North Tonawanda sets fifth annual contest for house painting

NORTH TONAWANDA – Entrants are being sought for a citywide contest that could earn a lucky homeowner a free paint job.

North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas and Jesse Gooch, proprietor of Painters Plus, announced that the fifth annual Project HOPE (“Helping Others Paint Exteriors”), will take place on the weekend of Aug. 8.

Gooch said his desire to prevent the onset of blight in the city is at the heart of Project HOPE.

“It has always been my passion to help people and to make a difference in my community,” he said. “During these tough economic times, it has been a struggle for people to maintain or improve their homes. I have seen many homes in the area that have loose and peeling paint, dingy colors, and rotted siding … I believe that in many cases it’s not neglect.”

Gooch plans to select a person or family that is either disabled, elderly, suffering financial hardships, or a disabled veteran. The winner’s house will be pressure-washed, primed, and painted by the Painters Plus team and volunteers. The paint for Project HOPE will be provided by Sherwin Williams, located on Meadow Drive in North Tonawanda, and a local restaurant will provide lunch for the volunteers.

Applications are due by July 17 and may be submitted online at www.PaintersPlus.US; by mailing a letter to Painters Plus, 800 Walck Road, North Tonawanda, NY 14120; or by picking up a form at City Hall or the Chamber of Commerce office.

Applicants are asked to briefly explain their situation and provide pictures of their house, along with contact information.