THUNDER BAY – A few weeks ago, when Bay Village Coffee was the victim of a break-in by someone who smashed their door window with a large rock, owners Alan Forbes and Gary Mack decided to use the experience to bring positive change to the community.
“They threw a boulder through the front door and so we came down and we cleaned it up and we got to talking about how we can turn this situation around,” said Forbes.
“It’s a really terrible situation, it was quite costly for us but we needed to find some way to feel good and turn that around.”
Forbes and Mack eventually decided to invite May Porter, a local artist, to paint the rock so that they could auction it off as part of the Our Hearts at Home campaign, a yearly fundraiser held every February to raise money for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation to support cardiovascular care in the Northwest.
Porter, rather than just painting on the rock, examined it to find images already present that she highlighted to bring them out, which resulted in many images of all kinds of objects, plants, animals, and even people.
The rock currently resides with the TBRHSF and is awaiting auction, which will be happening on Feb. 22 with the proceeds adding to the $10,000 already raised by Bay Village Coffee through Cookie Sales.