We would like to introduce you to the C3 Raise the Roof Campaign Committee! This dedicated group is working diligently behind the scenes to bring you the Bohemian Bash. We all come from different personal and professional backgrounds, but are united in our shared goal: Helping C3 move into a bigger space. Our core group came together back in January 2014. Faced with a monumental task and just the kernel of an idea of how to make it happen, we forged the outline of the campaign and began meeting on Wednesday evenings. Meet the team!
Dawn is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal currently “on loan” to the C3 Raise the Roof Campaign. Although neither a treehugger nor artistic, she was intrigued by C3’s mission and fascinated how discarded materials can be transformed into art through the creative process. Dawn is a California native and was a bit of a flower child in her youth. She and her husband have been married 30 years and have four grown children.
Betsy Dassau, C3 Founder and President
Elizabeth “Betsy” Dassau, President and Founder of Cary Creative (reuse) Center, moved to Cary in 1996 with her Husband, Gary Harrilchak and sons Travis, Cory and Drew Interested in Art her whole life, she was a founding member of the Cary (formerly Jordan Hall) Portrait Artists in 1998, where she organized many exhibitions for the group in various Town of Cary venues. Betsy also had a keen interest in the environment, and in October 2009 went to the First Reuse Connex, the International Reuse Conference & Expo which happened to be held in Raleigh. There, the relationship of Art and reuse connected for her in the form of Creative Reuse. Mentored by The Scrap Exchange in Durham, NC, the Cary Creative Center was started in 2012 as a triple bottom line nonprofit social enterprise. Along with being a destination to Make Art, Not Waste, Cary Creative Center is an economic generator and hopes to provide paid employment in the very near future.
Leslie has been involved with C3 since it started in March 2012. She is a North Carolina native, a newlywed, a mom to two cats, and a small business owner. She loves to knit and craft, sing karaoke, and Disney World! She feels the mission of C3 is critical to our community, as we may all be living in our own personal landfills one day if we don’t find a way to reduce waste!
Marie is a New Jersey native, and has lived in North Carolina for eight years. Since completing school, she has volunteered with several local nonprofits. She fell in love with C3 on her first visit and has been with the organization since early 2013. A lifelong fan of arts and crafts, she takes classes and makes all sorts of things in her spare time. She looks forward to C3 moving into a new space where it will have ample room to grow and become the organization it is meant to be. Marie currently works in animal care at the SPCA of Wake County.
Cindy Hartzell, Juried Reuse Art Show Coordinator | C3 Board Member
Cindy is an experienced educator; a longtime arts and crafts enthusiast; a third generation, frugal, recycling, animal loving kind of gardener; and a hopeful positive change agent.
Joelle Kim, Volunteer Coordinator
Joelle has been with C3 since April of 2012. From social media to collecting inventory data, she’s done many tasks for C3. She says, “I love C3 not only for their interest in saving the environment but for their passion to develop creative thinking and art within our community. As an artist with a 3 year old daughter, their mission hits me right to my very core – blossoming creativity while making the earth a better place for us and our children.”
Carolyn Mitkowski is a Graphic Designer at NC State University and Cary Creative Centers Board Vice President. She has been with the Center since its initial start-up three years ago. Carolyn has designed the Centers main web site and develops many of the recycled crafts shown on the site. She has a deep interest in environmental issues having worked on a number of NCSU web sites involving waste management issues. In Carolyn’s personal art work she likes to include recycled materials like electronic waste and packaging materials.
Although Stacey recently moved to the Cary area, she has lived in North Carolina for over 18 years. As a mother and an educator, she feels it is important to teach people how to reduce, reuse, and recycle. She says, “I believe in the mission of the Cary Creative (reuse) Center. They help to ensure that items that can be reused and repurposed don’t end up in the landfill. It is our collective responsibility to preserve and maintain our planet and our community for generations to come.”
Jim supports the Cary Creative Center’s goal of reducing waste by promoting reuse. He is a native North Carolinian and NC State fan.
We would like to acknowledge our other At Large committee members, Holly Burch & Dorene Seaborn, who have been helping out with sponsorships and other campaign needs. Additionally, Teresa Stallings has been serving as the campaign’s Graphic Designer.
This is the group that’s been working so hard to moved C3 into its new space, and bring you great events like the upcoming Bohemian Bash. We hope you’ll join us, have a great time, and help us support C3 and its mission.