Local veteran nonprofit SeaWaves hosting Paint to Heal event

The guided painting session, led by award-winning artist Monica Vazquez, will have its proceeds donated to the nonprofit to promote healing by funding the program.

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SeaWaves, a local veteran nonprofit located in Horizon West, is hosting a Paint to Heal event.

Attendees will be able to enjoy food, fellowship and fun at a guided painting session led by award-winning artist Monica Vazquez.

The event aims to "break down stigmas, spark meaningful conversations, and create a supportive network where individuals can find solace and strength in their journey toward wellness." 

By harnessing the transformative power of art, SeaWaves strives to inspire hope, promote healing, and cultivate a community of compassion and camaraderie.

SeaWaves' mission is "to empower and uplift those who have served our country by providing comprehensive support, resources and education surrounding mental health and eating disorders within the military community."

The nonprofit believes in fostering a culture of resilience and understanding, where every service member and their family member feels valued, supported and heard.

All materials for painting will be provided, including canvas, paints and brushes.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served. 

The event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at 4Roots Farm, located at 1918 W. Princeton St., Orlando.

The cost for general admission tickets is $50. The cost for VIP admission tickets is $70. Limited tickets are available. 

For more event information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Those who can't attend the event can still make a difference by donating to SeaWaves.

SeaWaves is looking for other businesses and individuals to join the nonprofit in sponsoring this cause. 

"Your support will help us continue our mission of promoting mental health and eating disorder awareness among our military community," said Leah Stiles, veteran and founder of SeaWaves. 


This week kicks off National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. 

Stiles is using SeaWaves to raise awareness about eating disorders for those who have served in the United States armed forces.

After facing her own challenges, it has become Stiles’ life mission to aid other service members battling eating disorders. She is committed to establishing beacons of awareness, education and support for her military family, navigating alongside them through uncharted waters.

To donate to SeaWaves' Eating Disorder Awareness Week fund, click here.

To read the full story on SeaWaves, click here.



Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.

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