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Fiesta Tableware Co. celebrates 150 years with donation to students

CELEBRATION — The Fiesta Tableware Co. recently celebrated 150 years of business with an auction to benefit East Liverpool and Oak Glen high schools. From left, Drew Cooper, East Liverpool High School Alumni Association president; Brian Shockey, East Liverpool High School Alumni Association Pottery Auction chairman and vice president; Liz McIlvain, Fiesta Tableware Company president; Matt Wicks, Fiesta Tableware Company COO; and Marvin Six, Oak Glen High School Alumni Association president. -- Contributed

NEWELL — The Fiesta Tableware Co. recently celebrated a milestone anniversary — 150 years of manufacturing in the USA, along with the company’s iconic Fiesta Dinnerware brand celebrating its 85th anniversary.

In honor of this landmark occasion, the company dug into its vault to release 12 coveted items or sets of items in order to raise money to benefit local scholarship funds. Gross sales from the auction resulted in $20,739, leading to a donation of $18,610.71 after all fees were paid.

The online auction was held Sept. 24 through Oct. 8, with Fiesta partnering with the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association. Funds were split equally between the ELHSAA for a new mentorship program with East Liverpool City Schools and the Oak Glen High School Alumni Association for college or trade school scholarships.

“Our community has been the backbone of our company for 150 years. What better way to show our appreciation for their support than to provide opportunities for our region’s leaders of tomorrow,” said Liz McIlvain, president of the Fiesta Tableware Company.

“Congratulations on 150 years of making American-made pottery right here in our area. We would like to thank Liz McIlvain and the Fiesta Tableware Company for their generous donation and continued support,” said Brian Shockey, ELHSAA Pottery Auction chairman and vice president.

“It is an honor to be a part of the Fiesta Tableware Company’s 150 year celebration and to receive their generous donation to create scholarships. Thanks to Liz McIlvaine for her dedication to our community and students,” said Marvin Six, Oak Glen High School Alumni Association president.

There were 12 items or sets of items in the auction, including the Raspberry Bowl which originally was released on Dec. 5, 1997 with a limited run of 500 pieces. The raspberry glaze commemorated the 500 millionth piece of Fiesta being produced. It sold for $6,000.

Other items included small goblets, which never went into production; a prototype peacock batter bowl, and a hand-painted Dancing Lady cookie jar signed and dated by company artist Mario Yacoviello.

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