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Sunday FUND-ay to benefit mural

Blennerhassett Hotel to host event 2-5 p.m.

Work is moving forward on the mural on the Floodwall. Sunday FUND-ay will be held 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the Blennerhassett Hotel to support the Parkersburg Floodwall Mural. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

PARKERSBURG — The Blennerhassett Hotel will host Sunday FUND-ay from 2-5 p.m. Sunday to support the Parkersburg Floodwall Mural project that is turning the massive flood protection barrier into a work of art.

Participants will get a chance to meet artist Chris Santer, the mural’s creator, at the hotel and get the opportunity to purchase signed prints of the floodwall project.

“The goal of the event is to generate excitement for Phase II of the project,” party organizer Alicia Doerflinger said.

Santer and helpers have been bringing his vision of a colorful West Virginia mountain sunrise to life on the river side of the floodwall near the riverfront amphitheater.

And while Phase I of the project is nearing completion, Santer’s vision is much larger. The Floodwall Mural Project Committee hopes Santer’s panorama will eventually stretch across a broad expanse of the floodwall in several phases over the next few years.

The overall concept includes giant sheet music of some of John Denver’s song, “Country Roads,” and the massive piers of Parkersburg’s Sixth Street train trestle, which will become “frames” in which landmarks and local historical scenes will be depicted.

“Our community really has stepped into making this dream a reality,” says Senta Goudy, Dean of the Center for Civic Engagement and Innovation at WVU Parkersburg. “Come celebrate their success and help make Phase 2 just as incredible.”

“Sunday FUND-ay” is being sponsored by The Blennerhassett Hotel, Arts of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Downtown PKB, and the Parkersburg Art Center.

“The Parkersburg Art Center is so pleased to be a part of this project steering committee,” says Jessie Seifert, its Managing Director. “The floodwall mural has been talked about for years and seeing it finally start to take shape is wonderful! It shows that we are taking pride in our community. The riverfront is beautiful in and of itself but with this mural as a backdrop makes it even more of a landmark and destination.”

Among donors of the Floodwall Mural so far are DuPont, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Edward Escandon, Wayne Waldeck, Michael Santer Jr., North Parkersburg Kiwanis Club, Domenico Crapanzo, Lee Rector, McHappy’s Bake Shoppe, Wal-Bon of Ohio, Alicia Doerflinger, Adventure Wine, Suzy Haddox, Erica McGee, Rick Modesitt, Margaret Shepherd, Kathy Roedersheimer, Mr. & Mrs. Hernando Escandon, Mary Gonot, Downtown PKB and Senta Goudy.

Tickets for “Sunday FUND-ay” are $125 each and cover the cost of admission, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. A slide show about the work and the future of the project, will also be screened.

Tickets can be purchased the Blennerhassett Hotel and at Really Cheap Geeks, 3330 Emerson Avenue. Donations can be made at through PayPal.

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