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CUP OF SUNSHINE — Fundraiser patrons will receive an original handcrafted mug, filled with coffee, for a suggested donation of $20. Proceeds support local community service projects.

The Waynesville-Sunrise Rotary Club will hold a “Cup of Sunshine“ fundraiser at Orchard Coffee, 39 Depot St., on Thursday, May 6, and Friday, May 7 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Patrons will receive an original handcrafted mug, filled with coffee, for a suggested donation of $20. All the mugs were designed and created by Western Carolina University’s Ceramics Program, and the artisans will be present for a meet and greet from 9–11 a.m. on May 6.

Proceeds will support local community development projects and service work. Past projects funded by the Rotary Club include Pathways’ Holy Cow Food Truck and Myr-Ken Women and Children’s Shelter Technology Center, the Haywood County School bus camera program, Broyhill Children’s Home computer program, and the Waynesville Middle School Student of the Month program.

The fundraiser is made possible by the generosity of Orchard Coffee and a collaboration with Western Carolina University, including student artists in the ceramics program, and the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.

Orchard owner, Cabell Tice said, “our vision has always been to create a positive change in our community. The opportunity to contribute to local causes in partnership with WCU is great and we are excited to lend our space for that purpose.”

“In my practice as an artist, I am interested in looking at relationships; my relationship to the material, its relationship to the environment, and the relationship that the work has with others,” said student artist Jen Gordon. “This project has provided me with an opportunity to address these concerns while also contributing to those in need.”

WCU associate professor of art and design Heather Mae Erickson, who helped coordinate the project with student artists, said she enjoyed “integrating components to course content that gives us a chance to make contributions to our community, to help it grow and flourish, by sharing our experiences in making handmade ceramics.”

George Brown, dean of WCU’s Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts, agreed. “Projects like this are a heartfelt way that allow the faculty, students and the college to give back through our creativity to the community we love,” he said. For more information contact Waynesville-Sunrise Rotary Club president Lane Perry at lanegravesperry@gmail.com.

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