SKANEATELES | A gallery in Skaneateles welcomed the Baldwin family for the kickoff of a silent and eBay auction Saturday afternoon, where proceeds will go to The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY.
William and Beth Baldwin visited the Skaneateles Artisans Gallery Under the Stone, 3 Fennell St., to tour the gallery and thank the artists for their donations.
"This Pink Outside the Box idea is great because it’s truly all inclusive," William Baldwin said. "You can have a lemonade stand, you can have a car wash, you can have local artisans donating a percentage of their sales, or you can do another big auction, another big dinner, another big golf tournament."
The auction will run until the end of October.
One Syracuse multi-medium artist Candace O'Brien spoke of her husband Thomas O'Brien's latest treatment with lung cancer. She said he wanted to be in attendance but was unable to because he had just completed a chemotherapy treatment on Monday.
"I feel it's a great opportunity for the community to come together," Candace O'Brien said. "When the community comes together, opportunities are much greater."
She said she donated a piece of photography she took in San Diego of a bouquet of flowers she saw at a local market.
Local artist Ed Levine, who has been with the group since its inception, said he thought the event was fabulous and was impressed by what the Baldwin family had to say.
"I hope that our pieces raise a lot of money," he said. Levine enjoys painting watercolors, mostly of the Skaneateles Lake.
William Baldwin said he is especially fond of events like these and the Pink Outside the Box campaign overall because it's something different.
"After a while certain fundraising endeavors become stale, and they become tired. To come up with a new and innovative and if I may, Pink Outside the Box way to raise money, I love it," he said.
Owner Teresa Vitale said she was thrilled to partner with Pink Outside the Box and the Baldwin family because of the impact cancer has on so many people's lives.
"It was an easy sell because I would say 75 percent of the artists here are experiencing, either a family member, or a partner, or themselves, a type of cancer," she said. "That's the beauty of it. It's people helping people."
Staff writer Jordyn Reiland can be reached at (315) 282-2282 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @JordynReiland.
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