'Crafts at the Baird' Unlikely this December
A staffing cutback at the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs threatens the continuation of the Baird's holiday crafts sale.
The Crafts at the Baird fundraiser for the Pierro Gallery is unlikely to be presented this December for the 16th straight year due to a staffing reduction at the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs, as well as difficulties coordinating volunteers.
According to the department's assistant director, Judy Wukitsch, a part-timer working under her on publicity and other projects has been let go, making the logistics of organizing the holiday crafts show seem too overwhelming.
The crafts sale—touted annually in the community as a place to buy unique gifts during the holidays—typically grossed between $20,000 and $26,000, signifying a $4,000 to $5,000 profit to benefit the Pierro Gallery.