11th Annual Midnite Pottery Butterfly, Platter To Benefit NMMC Cancer Patients
TUPELO, Miss.— Midnite Pottery and North Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Care are introducing the 11th in a series of original butterfly pottery to benefit cancer patients.
Local artist Jennifer Hankins created the 2017 pottery butterfly and platter to be sold exclusively by NMMC Cancer Care. “This is a true ‘labor of love’ for me,” Hankins said. “It is always easy to get inspiration for a new butterfly because I know every sale helps someone who may be struggling financially because of cancer. I lost my Mom to cancer in November 2012, so helping cancer patients through this project is especially close to my heart.”
As in years past each butterfly is accented with a unique wire and colored bead. Some of the butterflies have a pink bead for breast cancer. Each butterfly sells for $20, and each platter sells for $40. Both benefit the NMMC Cancer Care Fund, which is administered by the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi.
The Cancer Care Fund helps an average of 26 patients per month for a total of $150,000 granted in 2016. Monies are raised through several annual fundraisers as well as donations given by family members in memory or honor of a cancer patient. NMMC employees also donate approximately $3,000 each month through payroll deduction.
“The Cancer Care Fund helps so many people,” Hankins said. “You never know when it may be one of your family members or friends who is receiving the help.”
The butterflies are available at:
- NMMC Hematology Oncology, 1016 S. Gloster St., Tupelo
- NMMC Radiation Oncology, 990 S. Madison St., Tupelo
- NMMC Breast Care Center, 4376 S. Eason Blvd., Tupelo
They will also be available Tuesday, Feb. 28 at “The Magic of Downsizing,” an event hosted by NMMC at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo. Doors open at 5 p.m. for exhibits and shopping, and the program by Peter Walsh, bestselling author and host of Oprah Winfrey’s Extreme Clutter, begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include dinner.
For more information about the butterfly pottery pieces, call Susie Chunn, office manager of NMMC Oncology and Radiology Services, at (662) 377-2474 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843- 3375.