Event fundraising

Fundraising event New concept for the chamber

By BOBBIE GREEN

Progress

Juniper Outpost in Mesquite held a “Retail Therapy” fundraiser to benefit SafeNest last week. Pictured, left to right, are Danae Racer, Carol Kolson, Holly French, Charlotte and David Sinanni. PHOTO BY BOBBIE GREEN/Progress

It was an evening of “retail therapy” on Thursday evening September 22 at the charming Juniper Outpost boutique. But it was also an exclusive members-only event.

Juniper Outpost was the first member of the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce to participate in this new concept from Chamber President and CEO Carol Kolson.

Juniper Outpost hosted the event by opening its door to chamber members only on Thursday evenings. As part of the experience, the store provided food and entertainment for participants. They were also selling raffle tickets for an Italian leather handbag worth over $300. This special price was offered by Juniper Outpost. All proceeds from the raffle were to benefit “SafeNest”. While items sold from the store’s inventory that night remained with Juniper.

“It was an honor for Juniper Outpost to participate in the chamber fundraiser,” said Juniper Outpost owner Charlotte Sirianni. “It’s one of our missions to connect people: artists to buyers, neighbors to neighbors and city leaders to the public. This event gave us the opportunity to accomplish all of these things while supporting an organization we believe in.

Three of the artists who supplied the store with their pieces were there to meet and greet the public.
Three volunteer musicians from the Southern Nevada Symphony played music for the evening. These included Deborah Stephen, oboe; Jennifer Vogel, flute; and Brent Pettit, cello.
Food and drinks were served outside under a blanket in the parking lot. Drawings were held intermittently for items donated by artists.

WAFD Bank donated $500 to SafeNet. This was combined with the raffle money so that Safe Nest received a total of $1024 for the evening.
“We wanted to do something spectacular to help local charities and our members,” Kolsen said. “Juniper Outpost has stepped up and now we have created a win-win situation for everyone.”

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