Story by Lindsey Chester. Above, excerpt from “Invisible Man” by Salvador Dali.
Cary, NC- Betsy Dassau formed the Cary Creative (ReUse) Center just over a year ago because she saw a need to repurpose what wasn’t really being recycled. With her arts background, her eyes saw art supplies where others saw only trash.
This Sunday, May 5 2013 from 2-4pm, the organization holds its first big fundraiser that includes an art auction and raffle to raise funds to increase their programming. The afternoon at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center includes a Silent Art Auction with a signed Salvador Dali print for sale. Dassau states the organization has set a goal of raising $5,000 through the event.
Demand for classes and materials from the center is up. Now open five days a week, people can drop off donation items any day of the week, or come by to purchase low cost office supplies and art materials. The center offers wonderful inspiration to classrooms, scout troops and preschools to purchase affordable items for group projects.
Along with that demand, donations of materials are up- 550 individuals dropped off donations this past year and 4 corporations made large bulk donations. Over 63 people donated their time as volunteers at the center, contributing over 5000 hours of work. Over the year, C3 provided support to 25 events and groups through classes and materials.
Other Remarkable Milestones
- C₃ has diverted over 30 tons of reusable materials from our landfill. This saves money several ways: saving costs, saving transportation fees, reducing greenhouse gasses, reducing Cary’s carbon footprint.
- Partnered with the Town of Cary Solid Waste Department and spearheaded the Cary Reuse Rodeo – serving 137 citizens and 6 nonprofits which collected over 11,000 lbs. of reusable materials in just 4 hours.
- Transformed a Town of Cary vacant property into a destination location in Downtown.
- Winners of the Triangle Green Business Challenge, we joined the ranks of IBM and Glaxo-Smith Kline.
Spend an afternoon at Page-Walker and see what Cary Creative Center (C3) is all about. A small donation can make a big difference.
Cary Creative Center’s Silent Art Auction
Sunday, May 5, 2013
2 – 4 PM
Page Walker Arts & History Center
(119 Ambassador Loop behind Town Hall)
Admission: $5/person, $9 a couple, includes 1 raffle ticket.
Raffle, refreshments, entertainment and of course a silent auction on which to bid. More info: Cary Creative Center.