The 2017 Machu Picchu climbing team continues to work hard to fundraise on behalf of The American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA). We’d like to highlight one climber, Nikki, who hosted a paint night to benefit AFCA. A few shots from her evening are posted below and we would like to thank all those who participated and donated. If you’d like to get involved with fundraising and maybe host a paint night of your own…or maybe join a climbing team for the adventure of a lifetime, please let us know!

The Paint Night was a wonderful opportunity to not only support a great cause but create something unique and beautiful surrounded by others in it for the same reason. Everyone enjoyed the company of great people and the artist.  He was funny, made the evening fun and uplifting. He played great music, which really made painting with music a unique experience.

We asked Nikki about her reasons for choosing a Paint Night as a fundraiser:

Nikki had this to say, “One of the reasons I chose paint night as a fundraiser was because I wanted to do something fun with friends. I had never attended a paint night and I thought it would be interesting to create something together.

The whole journey of raising funds for AFCA has made me aware of community.  Without community, I would not be able to reach my goal of $6,000.  I have been surprised by people’s generosity and amazed by people’s willingness to help.  Talking about fundraising has reconnected me with some friends who I haven’t been able to see in a while.   Over the past few months, I have met new friends who I will continue to share new experiences with and create new memories.

This journey to help others has made me aware of the support network we have here in Central Pennsylvania.  I am fortunate to be surrounded by compassionate and loving individuals. My hope is that our community in Pennsylvania can create a canvas for the community in Africa to grow, develop, and support one another.  I can’t wait to see the picture they create!”

If you’d like to be part of an adventure of a lifetime, contact AFCA at and they will help that exciting item on your bucket list a reality.