Men in Makeup back to benefit A Safe Place

It’s happening again.

Last year, at Warren’s annual outdoor show, Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry Director of Chamber Operations and Tourism John Papalia managed to get five men together for a makeover. For a good cause, of course, and the inaugural Men in Makeup event was born.

“We are really excited to be doing the Men in Makeup for A Safe Place event again this year,” Papalia said.

This year, Papalia is excited to have repeat commitments from several of last year’s participants, including Scott Colvin with Allegheny Coupling, and Jason Huck with Huck Brothers Construction. Warren Times Observer Sports Editor Andy Close will be taking Publisher Bob Patchen’s place this year to represent the newspaper, Papalia said, and he’s “also waiting to hear from a few more in hopes they will do it again this year.”

He’s also making an effort, he said, to engage local law enforcement agencies for the charity event that supports efforts to help victims of domestic violence, one of the most dangerous types of calls that officers respond to according to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

He’d love to see local businesses get in on the fun as well, to help increase the amount of this year’s donation. “Last year we raised about $5,000. I think we can do even better this year with a little more time and if we can recruit a few more men. If you know of someone who might be good please reach out to them and then let me know if they are willing,” Papalia said.

The plan at this point is to have Men in Makeup go down on Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. at the outdoor show, which is being held at the Warren County YMCA this year.

“Obviously,” said Papalia, “everyone’s schedules are different and if someone wants to participate who can’t be there that day they could do it on their own time and send pictures.”

Anyone who might be interested in participating in this year’s Men in Makeup fundraiser can contact John Papalia at WCCBI for more information at (814) 723-3050, or email