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Labor of Love, cup auction come together

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It all started when KDNK and the Carbondale Clay Center decided to split up postering. 

Well, arguably it started years ago, when “Labor of Love” was a weeklong on-the-air event in February and the cup auction had its holiday timeslot to itself. But in recent years, the two have coexisted on the First Friday in December, sometimes right across the street from each other. So when it was time for the fliers to go out, they’d divide up town and hang each others’ as well as their own. But this year, it’s all one event. 

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“We have a lot of shared values and goals and it’s such an important part of our overall budget that we both want each others’ events to be successful,” noted KDNK Director Gavin Dahl. “the cup auction is such a glorious celebration of their arts and really shows off what they do. Labor of Love shows the breadth of our support. It’s two very different approaches.”

Folks will have a chance to bid on handmade cups from around the country as well as a wide array of other items and services — like a home-baked pie when the right fruit is in season — from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 at CoVenture (201 Main St.). Register at in advance to get a complimentary drink ticket at the door. 

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Members of any of the three hosting organizations will also have a chance to get a headstart with entertainment from DJ Luis Raul, food from Matt Kennedy’s Foraged and Farmed and beverages from Ska Brewing in a 6 to 8 p.m. preview the night before. There’s even a live radio component on Wednesday night to add a bit of nostalgia.

But there will be plenty still to bid on at the main auction on Friday night. 

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Observed Clay Center Director Angela Bruno, “It will be fun to actually attend each others’ events!”

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