Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild Event Features Raffle to Benefit CERF+

North Carolina’s Annual Fine Designer Crafts Show Supports Craftspeople Impacted by Natural Disasters

Raleigh, NC, August 17, 2012 --( The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild ( has announced that the 43rd Annual Fine Designer Crafts Show will feature a raffle to benefit the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) (, an organization that helps craftspeople who are struck by natural disasters. The event, which showcases fine designer crafts for all tastes and budgets, will be held at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Friday, November 23 through Sunday, November 25. The Fine Designer Crafts Show, a North Carolina tradition since 1970, features the work of over 100 juried fine craft artists, including handmade pottery, jewelry, glass, metal, wood, wearable art and more.

The raffle will help safeguard and sustain the careers of craft artists and provide emergency resources that benefit artists of all talents. For more than 25 years, CERF+ has helped hundreds of professional craft artists with over $1 million in financial assistance, as well as approximately $250,000 in donated services such as booth fee waivers, equipment, and supplies.

“The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild greatly appreciates the generosity of CERF+ in their efforts to mitigate the devastating effects of natural disasters on craftsmen,” said Elizabeth Lyne, President of the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild. “CERF+ provides excellent services that help to strengthen the artist community and we are happy to contribute to its worthy cause.”

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About The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild:
The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, based in Raleigh, N.C., provides a lucrative marketplace for the finest traditional and contemporary crafts in the Southeast. The Guild recognizes and promotes fine crafts, including original and handmade clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, basketry, wood, works on paper and mixed media products. Its annual Fine Designer Crafts Show, traditionally held on Thanksgiving weekend, provides a premier regional showcase for exhibiting members to display their work and for art enthusiasts of every taste and budget to shop. Since 1970, the Guild has supported and perpetuated the professional pursuit of design and craftsmanship, encouraged opportunities for artistic growth and promoted education in and appreciation of the art of fine craft. For more information, visit the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild website at

Jake Potter
MMI Public Relations
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Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild
Patty Briguglio
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