Four years ago, when Mandi Ilene hosted her first body paint jam at SIP, an LGBT bar in Orlando, she had no idea that it would bring her full circle to what her group at BASE Orlando was doing tonight. What started off as just a bunch of friends getting together to practice their artistic skills as painters and models, grew into a family of painters and models from every walk of life.
This year on June 17th, several painters from BASE Orlando had volunteered to paint models for The Center’s “Welcome to the Jungle” fundraiser, aimed at helping the LGBT community. When the events at Pulse happened during the early morning of June 12th, plans for the fundraiser were put on hold so that The Center could focus it’s efforts on coordinating relief work with The City of Orlando and Equality Florida.
Since most of the models and artists had already taken off work and planned to be downtown painting on June 17th, Mandi Ilene and Robert Johnston, co-creators of BASE Orland