Cary, NC— Lucy Daniels Center has received the support of several major individual and corporate sponsors for their upcoming benefit Expressions. A Celebration of Food and Art., taking place Friday, November 9, at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary.

Presenting sponsors Steve and Becky Scott, longtime supporters of the Center, have pledged to match up to $30,000 in contributions raised during the benefit’s live and silent auctions, which will include pottery byExpressions 2012’s featured artist Mark Hewitt and several unique experiences.

PNC Bank has signed on as sponsor for the evening’s VIP Artist Reception. ABC 11–WTVD is the event’s media sponsor. Other major sponsors include Rex Healthcare and Center board of advisors member Michael Olander and his wife, Candace.

Expressions will feature a one-of-a-kind gourmet meal inspired by the themes and techniques of Pittsboro, NC-based potter Mark Hewitt, best known for his oversized pots and planters that blend different North Carolina folk traditions, as well as Asian and West African ceramics, into a striking contemporary style. Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy exclusive commentary from Mr. Hewitt about his art as well as insights into the evening’s menu from the team of award-winning chefs, led by The Umstead’s executive chef Scott Crawford.

Expressions is a smorgasbord of creativity, giving attendees the opportunity to meld the culinary arts, the visual arts, and the art of philanthropy,” said Clarenda Stanley, the Center’s director of development. “There is nothing more rewarding than connecting those who have a desire to help children with a worthy cause, while simultaneously providing them with an experience they will never forget. We are grateful to our generous sponsors for helping us make the most of this opportunity to build on our successes and continue to serve the families of our community.”

Lucy Daniels Center, located in Cary, NC, is the area’s largest and most comprehensive nonprofit provider of mental health services for children. It serves nearly 650 families per year through a range of therapeutic and early childhood programs. Proceeds from Expressions, now in its second year, will benefit the Center’s Family Support Fund, which helps close the gap between what families can afford to pay for their child’s services and what it actually costs to provide them.

Chris Marin, chair of the Center’s board of directors, noted that the event’s focus on creative expression connects deeply with the Center’s focus on helping children live emotionally healthy lives.

“Expressions are at the heart of all that we do: they help us communicate what we’re feeling, capture our imagination and inspire others to do great things,” he said. “This unique event captures the expressions of several world-renowned artists on a canvas that we can not only see, but taste. It will be a feast for the senses and a strong reminder of why the mission of the Lucy Daniels Center is so critical: in order to be well, we need to express how we feel.”

Learn more about Lucy Daniels Center and Expressions at www.lucydanielscenter.org.

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Now in its 21st year of service to children and their families, the Lucy Daniels Center (formerly the Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood) is a nationally recognized model for childhood mental health education and services. The Center is the largest and most comprehensive non-profit focused on providing mental health services to young children and their families in the Triangle and is conveniently located at 9003 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. For more information, visit www.lucydanielscenter.org.