Each year, NCECA sponsors a Cup Sale at the convention center where the conference is held. The sale benefits a scholarship fund for undergraduate and graduate students. Conference attendees can drop off and price their work at any point prior to Friday morning, when the sale kicks off at 8 AM.
It’s a genius concept, really. Play to conference partipants’ generosity and desire to share their work, add a splash of competition, and top it all off with our assumed appreciation for the handmade, functional cup.
I used to get up at the crack of dawn for the sale. One year, I think I was camped out in line by 4 AM. I’m getting old now, I don’t even do that for U2 anymore. But I remain deeply impressed and admiring of the work these organizers do with this program. Such a simple concept – such a successful event.