A day of won­der and fun

Lo­cal busi­nesses come to­gether for the Hol­i­day Ex­trav­a­ganza Bou­tique

The Signal - - News - By Ryan Mancini Sig­nal Staff Writer

Sev­eral small busi­nesses joined to­gether for the Hol­i­day Ex­trav­a­ganza Bou­tique to have fun, in­ter­act with the com­mu­nity and raise money for the ONEMORE Fos­ter Care Ini­tia­tive at Wolf Creek Brew­ery on Satur­day.

Spear­headed by or­ga­niz­ers Kather­ine Beau­mont and Kaitlin Pap­pas, guests could grab some food, have a drink and do some Christ­mas shop­ping while also help­ing the cause. Af­ter look­ing for other venues to raise money, Beau­mont and Pap­pas made a fi­nal de­ci­sion less than a month ago.

“We fig­ured, ‘Hey, let’s do our own (bou­tique), and on top of it, let’s sep­a­rate our­selves and let’s do some­thing bet­ter for the com­mu­nity in­stead of just go­ing to an event,’” Pap­pas said.

Spon­sored by Wolf Creek, a por­tion of the pro­ceeds from sev­eral of the 24 ven­dors would go to the ONEMORE Fos­ter Care Ini­tia­tive, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that func­tions out of Real Life Church to help with nec­es­sary sup­plies for fos­ter chil­dren such as di­a­pers, shoes or back­packs for school. They also in­cor­po­rated a raf­fle and toy drive to win gift bas­kets while the col­lec­tion of toys will go to the Los An­ge­les County De­part­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­ily Ser­vices.

Each busi­ness worked in tan­dem with each other, Beau­mont said, out of sup­port and love without cre­at­ing a hi­er­ar­chy.

“It’s a great com­mu­nity we cre­ated,” she said.

Busi­nesses in­cluded Scentsy, SCV Ware­house, Fired Up Chef Ser­vices, Pa­cific Princess Par­ties and FIT4MOM. Dani Co­hen, FIT4MOM’s owner, joined af­ter one of her in­struc­tors con­nected her with Beau­mont.

“I al­ways love meet­ing new peo­ple,” Co­hen said, “and it seems like most of the ven­dors here have a com­mon de­mo­graphic. So it’s nice be­cause we get to meet peo­ple who can re­late to all of us, I think, as ven­dors and as shop­pers.”

Beau­mont and Pap­pas said this type of fundraiser is in­tended for fam­i­lies, even those who could not at­tend but still wanted to donate money or a toy. Mov­ing for­ward, their goal is to con­tinue hold­ing bou­tiques in the spring and fall and hope­fully work with other or­ga­ni­za­tions such as Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Los An­ge­les.

Ryan Mancini/The Sig­nal

Cam­den Alexie, 2, gets ready for a tem­po­rary tat­too from Dawn Smith, owner of Pa­cific Princess Par­ties. She dressed up as Ariel from “The Lit­tle Mer­maid” while at the Hol­i­day Ex­trav­a­ganza Bou­tique at Wolf Creek Brew­ery.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.