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Cups for a Cause

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Cups for a Cause is the IPA's flagship event, where the group partners with a local charity within Central New York to raise money.

Since our inception in 2012, the Independent Potters' Association has raised over $90,000 for several charities in the Central New York region.


This festive event guarantees the price of admission will go to the charity. The admission price gives participants a wonderful spread of food, beverages and enjoy 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.

View information on Previous Year's Cup for a Cause:

20232022 2021 2020/2019/2018 | 2017/2016 | 2015

Information on 2024 Cups for a Cause will be available later this year.

Cups for a Cause poster a benefit for the Center for New Americans InterFaith Works affirm dignity logo

Cups for a Cause 2023

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.

Visit InterFaith Works for more information.


Benjamin's on Franklin

 Clayscapes Pottery Inc.       Middle Ages Brewery.

Benjamin's on Franklin
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Clayscapes Pottery Inc. logo

Live Music:

Walking Buddy

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Cups for a cause a benefit for Child Nutrition Programs your support helps provide nutritious food for school aged children Friday Spetember 23 2022 Benjamins on Franklin Armory Square Syracuse NY 2-8 PM $25 person at the door for each $75 donation to the food bank select a pair of handcrafted cups as our gift to you in appreciation musical guest walking buddy independent potters association of central new york special thanks to Clayscapes Potter Inc Food bankd of Central new york logo

Cups for a Cause 2022

Our 2022 fundraiser benefited Child Nutrition Programs of the Food Bank of Central New York.

$8115 was raised for this cause!

Cups for a cause a benefit for caden's wish break box program a program to provide nutritious food for the school-age children and their families Monday September 20 2021 visit us on facebook for the live link to make donations of any amount to support the food bank for each $75 donation to the food bank select a pair of handcrafted cups as a gift to you in appreciation every $10 donation funds a box of food for the children on school breaks food bank of central new york logo

Cups for a Cause 2021

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

$10, 530 was raised through our online event!


 Clayscapes Pottery Inc.

cups for a cause a benefit for a tiny home for good presented by ipa

Cups for a Cause 2018-2020

2018 through 2020 the fundraiser chosen was A Tiny Home for Good. This organization is Syracuse provides small homes and support for the homeless, with veterans often as beneficiaries.

2018 raised $7,750

2019 raised $10,300

2020 raised approximately $8,000 (the first virtual fundraiser, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic)

In August 2022, a Tiny Home for Good welcomed tenants to a house in Syracuse, New York. In the words of Andrew Lunetta, "This house would not exist without the contributions of the IPA". Within a week a family moved into the location that the IPA helped fundraise for.


 Clayscapes Pottery Inc.

cups for a cause 2016 a benefit for francis house a family when you need it most ipa logo

Cups for a Cause 2016-2017

2016 and 2017 Cups for a Cause raised money for the Francis House, which is an end of life care facility in Central New York.

2016 raised $7,000

2017 raised $7,400


 Clayscapes Pottery Inc.