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MCLinc sponsors Street Painting Festival for 19th year in a row; helps fund RSCC scholarships

The Oak Ridger logo The Oak Ridger 10/16/2020 Benjamin Pounds, Oakridger
Best of Show winner Sonja Summers works on her chalk art creation during the 2019 Street Painting Festival. The 2020 Festival is Saturday at Historic Jackson Square in Oak Ridge. © Special to The Oak Ridger Best of Show winner Sonja Summers works on her chalk art creation during the 2019 Street Painting Festival. The 2020 Festival is Saturday at Historic Jackson Square in Oak Ridge.

Materials and Chemistry Laboratory, Inc. (MCLinc) of Oak Ridge recently announced it is sponsoring the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge’s Street Painting Festival at the Platinum Level.

The theme for this year’s event is “HeART For Heroes.” The festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Historic Jackson Square in Oak Ridge. Chalking begins at 8 a.m.

The festival was launched in 2000, and this year’s event marks the 19th consecutive year that MCLinc has been a major contributor to the effort, a news release stated. MCLinc is an applied research laboratory that provides analyses and consultation services in a wide assortment of fields, including environmental chemistry, industrial hygiene and uranium chemistry.

Festival sponsors make a tax-exempt donation to the Roane State Foundation, providing funds for scholarships for Roane State students. Sponsorship levels include Platinum, or $5,000 and up; Gold, $2,500 to $4,999; Silver, $1,000 to $2,499; Bronze, $500 to $999; small business, $250 to $499; and individual, $100 to $249.

“We are proud to sponsor such a positive event that gives artists of all ages an opportunity to showcase their talent while honoring heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic and providing funding for scholarships for Roane State students,”Barry Stephenson, MCLinc president/CEO and vice chair of the Roane State Foundation Board of Directors stated in a the release from Roane State.

“We wanted a theme that would be multifaceted — all the while appropriate for the current environment we are living in, inspirational for our artists, and a heartfelt gesture to honor the heroes of the COVID-19 global pandemic,” stated Nikki Adkisson, community service chair for the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge.

Up to 60 artists can participate in the festival. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three artistic creations in six categories, as well as a best of show and people’s choice awards. Sponsors’ names are assigned to sidewalk squares, and the artists have until 5 p.m. on Saturday to complete their chalk creations.

Donations can be made online at roanestate.edu/streetpaintingsponsor. Checks payable to the Roane State Foundation and noting that the contribution is for the Street Painting Festival can also be mailed to Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830, attention Sandy Vann.

Artist registration is available at roanestate.edu/streetpaintingfestival. Businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring the festival are encouraged to contact Sandy Vann with questions at vannsl@roanestate.edu, or at (865) 354-3000, extension 4802.

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