The Jaycee Park Center for Arts and Crafts has begun its 10th annual Carter Williams Art Show and Fundraiser on Monday to help raise awareness for breast cancer.

Until Oct. 12, the art show and fundraiser will be held virtually due to COVID-19. The art pieces in the fundraiser will be posted on Jaycee’s Facebook page where information on how individuals can purchase the art pieces will be provided with each photo. Individuals who are interested in purchasing the art pieces in the fundraiser, a staff member from the Jaycee Park Center for Arts and Crafts will reach out for payment and shipping information.

Those with limited internet access can schedule an appointment for an individual tour of the art selection as long as their temperature is below 100.4 degrees, hands are sanitized before entering the building, wear face coverings and refrain from touching the artworks. All the proceeds raised for the event will be donated to The National Breast Cancer Foundation.

We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, believe the Carter Williams Art Show and Fundraiser is a wonderful event for people to participate and support and fight to end breast cancer, especially since October is known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers to occur in women in the U.S., according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each year in the U.S., 250,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women and almost 2,300 in men. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death among women with about 42,000 women and 510 men in the U.S. die each year due to the illness.

The art show and fundraiser also gives the chance for people to support local, state and national artists. To continue to support local artists is essential now more than it has been in the past as COVID-19 may continue to affect the financial status of many artists.

We encourage people in the Greenville community to support the Jaycee Park Center for Arts and Crafts during this important fundraiser, especially when the goal of the event supports a good cause.

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