By Emily Sperduto SYRACUSE, NY (NCC NEWS) – The holiday season is right around the corner. Kick off your holiday and donate to a good cause this weekend at the annual New York State Fairgrounds Holiday Shoppes.
The annual three-day event offers holiday shopping at its best, featuring more than one hundred local venders. All proceeds are used to fund the Junior League of Syracuse’s community projects and training programs.
The Junior League is an all woman organization that works to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of woman and improve the community. The JLS is currently working to raise awareness on the issue of Human Trafficking in Central New York.
“Usually when you say human trafficking most people think that it happens in a foreign land but it is something that affects woman and children in our community,” said Heather Wallace, President of the Junior League of Syracuse.
The Holiday Shoppes has been the Junior League’s largest fundraiser for 19 years.
“That’s why it’s important to us to put on a really great event for this area, but also really raise money so that we can really further our efforts in our mission and everything that we do,” said Wallace.
The Junior League raises funds from the money local venders pay to rent space and an entry fee for shoppers of five dollars in advance or eight dollars at the door. Additional funds are raised by kind donations and a fifty-fifty raffle.
The Holiday Shoppes attracts more than 5,000 people from all over Central New York. It’s a great way for shoppers to get their holiday shopping done and donate to the community.
The Holiday Shoppes bring a unique selection of gifts from all over Central New York from vintage jewelry to gourmet food to designer clothing. It’s a good way for local venders to get business while also supporting a good cause.
“It’s great that they do this, it’s a wonderful event. It’s become such a tradition for so many people to come to this every year,” said Ellen Kluge, a local vender. “The support that people have for this, it’s such a feel good event.”
The Junior League of Syracuse aims to educate the community on how to identify victims of human trafficking and who to notify for help.
The Holiday Shoppes are located in the Horticulture Building at the NYS Fairgrounds and will be held from Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 17.