A shopping trip to buy a new shell for Mary Ann Skinn Hipp's kiln led to an idea for an art project fundraiser for a local organization.
Hipp, a former Norwalk City Schools and Norwalk Catholic School art teacher, came across bisque coasters at the Columbus Clay Company. A thought popped into her head: Why not use them for a fundraiser at the craft show in the St. Paul Convocation Center scheduled for Saturday? "They just were beautiful and I thought people could buy these," Hipp said.
Those attending the craft show will also be able to make their own designs out of 250 blank coasters Hipp and area Girl Scouts will bring with them. The cost will be $3 a coaster, with proceeds going to Piggyback Foundation. The local organization provides assistance to the challenges children and those who love and care for them face when confronted with a serious physical illness.
The show, and the "Coasters for a Cause" fundraiser, will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday on the mezzanine deck of the convocation center. The fundraiser will end at 2 p.m. and the craft show at 3.
A feature story previewing the fundraiser and show, including comments from Hipp, was published in Thursday's Reflector.