CCSA Raises $22,885 for Breast Cancer Research

Ana Mantica, Content Editor
(Monday, December 10, 2012)
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Every year, hundreds of pottery painting studio owners and members of the Contemporary Ceramic Studios Association (CCSA) come together for a three-day convention full of color and creativity, and fun and philanthropy. These gatherings involve much more than networking and pottery. They also offer an opportunity to focus on and fundraise for breast cancer research – this year’s event raised $22,885 for the Vera Bradley Foundation.

“We are a predominantly female membership and many of our studio owners have been affected by breast cancer, so this is a cause that is important to us, and it allows us to do something for somebody else by giving back,” says Dena Pearlman, CCSA Executive Director.

The international organization of more than 1,000 paint-your-own pottery studios has a long history of philanthropy and celebrates this annually at the convention. Members donate their own specially-selected pieces to be auctioned to raise funds. And for the past five years, the CCSA has selected the Vera Bradley Foundation as the recipient of the funds raised, with $166,000 funds donated to date.

At the 2012 Convention, Lynda Houk, Foundation Events Coordinator, attended the convention, which had a “back to camp” theme, held in Austin, TX, in September. “I was in awe of the beautiful pieces that were created for the auction. One of these pieces is proudly displayed in my home!” said Houk, who came dressed up for camp and taught a class on hosting events at the Convention. “Being a part of this event and seeing the commitment the studio owners have to this cause is inspiring. We cannot thank CCSA enough for their continued support to breast cancer research.”

“The Foundation is a wonderful cause and it has been a great partnership,” says Pearlman. The support continues to grow. Starting next year, the CCSA plans to host an annual worldwide giving back day called “Create for a Cure” the last Saturday in April. Studios will host their own events to invite their communities to join them in supporting the cause. Save the date for Saturday, April 27!

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