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Pamela B
16th Street
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In Honor of Kathleen Trew Swazuk

the project

I've always felt the desire to connect people by celebrating our differences and The Tree of Life lends itself nicely to this concept.

Even though Sharpsburg is only a mile on the map, it's culture and history is huge and I would like to have the people of Sharpsburg celebrate their differences. This is what I hope to accomplish with the completion of The Kathleen Trew Swazuk Memorial Mural


the steps

Install a rain barrel system

Paint the rest of the Tree

Add a chart with all the symbolism

Add a plaque for Kathleen Trew Swazuk




why we're doing it

When we began the mural, we simply wanted to celebrate  our differences, but in light of the climate of diversity as of late, we feel it is our duty to help people understand how important it is to celebrate each other


Final budget


Rain Barrel.               150.00

Anti graffiti coating.        200.00

Exterior paints 8qts.       320.00

Brushes and supplies.      150.00

Labor.                   1,080.00

Donation to IOBY             27.41

TOTAL RAISED = $2,095.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $104.75
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $62.84

Original budget

Please join us as we venture into phase two of fundraising for the Sharpsburg community mural. We will hope to secure funds for a rain barrel system for our mural garden, supplies to complete the mural and a labor budget to cover two  experienced mural painters along with two experienced helpers. We will be kicking this off on May 22, 2021 at the Hitchhiker building in Sharpsburg, Pa.  from 10:00am to 2:00pm


How to see some of you there.

Rain barrel, gutters labor.           $  600.00

Paint supplies.                                 800.00

Labor for 2 mural painters.           2,600.00

and 2 helpers


Total cost.                                        $4,000.00


ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $217
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Please note: ioby fees are estimated and will be calculated based on totals at the end of the campaign.



In Honor of Kathleen Trew Swazuk

During those times when I felt like giving up on this project even when the completion seemed impossible, Kathy wouldn't let me. Being a true soldier, the ideal of inclusion of all people represented by the Tree of Life in the mural was not only something she believed in, but something she was willing to fight for.

There were days where she would call and say, "Pam, I just finished my breathing treatment and I'm on my way to the mural. Are you going to be there?"

Even if I wasn't planning to be there, I would be there. How could I not?

Kathy was an army nurse in the Vietnam War and suffered from agent orange disease yet, she was so full of hope and light, I missed all the signs of her time to transition into the Spirit World.

I can't make up for the times I should have been a better friend, but I will always remember how great a friend she was to me. 


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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