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Cups for a Cause poster a benefit for the Center for New Americans InterFaith Works affirm dignity logo
20 Independent Potters' Association members posing in front of table with sets of mugs

Our 2023 fundraiser raised $8000!

Baby care supplies, women's hygiene products, transportation and grocery cards are among the items that will be funded for refugees in Central New York.

For more information on InterFaith Works:

We thank our generous sponsors

         Benjamin's on Franklin

       Clayscapes Pottery Inc. and

       Middle Ages Brewery.


We also thank local band Walking Buddy who provided live music!!!!!   What fun!

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four members of Walking Buddy band performing with charcoal fire in front
Benjamin's on Franklin
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Clayscapes Pottery Inc. logo
members of IPA chatting with people looking at mugs
large group of people in groups in chairs chatting texting

     Since our inception in 2012, the Independent Potters' Association has raised $88,935 for local charities.


      Each year, we select a charitable concern within the Central New York community and organize a fundraiser known as "Cups for a Cause."  It is a festive event when the price of admission guarantees the participants a wonderful spread of food, as well as beverages and live music. On display throughout the party will be the work of individual potters, most of whom are members of the IPA, who contribute unique handmade drinking vessels (a.k.a. cups and mugs). These are given as gifts of appreciation for an additional donation.

     The IPA enjoys the generous support of other individuals and organizations to make this a successful event. Because all food, beverages, ceramics, man and woman power as well as the use of the venue are donated, 100% of the admission fees and sales are given to the chosen charity.


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And wine from Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits

Our 2022 fundraiser


Child Nutrition Programs

of the

Food Bank of Central New York.


$8115 was raised!


The 2021 fundraiser was held to benefit Caden's Wish Break Box Program, a program of the Food Bank of Central New York that provides nutritious food for school-age children and their families.  $10,530 was raised through our online event!

Many thanks to our sponsors at

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Heidi from the Food Bank

with  Casey, our Committee Chair!

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2018 - 2020

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Three years of fundraising yielded a total of over $27,000 for A Tiny Home for Good! 

THG is an organization in Syracuse that provides small homes and support for the homeless, with veterans often as beneficiaries.

In August of 2022, a Tiny Home for Good welcomed tenants to 615 West Ostrander in Syracuse, New York.  In the words of Andrew Lunetta, "This house would not exist without the contributions of the IPA."  A gathering was held to celebrate and within a week a family had moved in!

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From the summer newsletter:


An estimated $8000 was raised.
The fundraiser was held as a Facebook event due to the pandemic.

The magic number was $10,300!


 $7750 was raised for
A Tiny Home for Good.


Special thanks to:

Cups for a Cause 
raised $7400 for
Francis House, 
an end of life care facility.

 Cups for a Cause
raised $7000 for
Francis House,
an end-of-life care facility.

Cups for a Cause
raised $5105 for
Upstate Cancer Center's Men-to-Men Cancer Support Group

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