Another year, and another impressive Shopping from the Heart event.
When I first attended a few years back, I was truly awestruck both by the dynamic Julia who organized the event and sponsors and vendors and promotion seemingly effortlessly, as well as by the vendors themselves – all local women entrepreneurs whose spirit and drive shone from behind every table.
Shopping from the Heart is an event with the dual goal of supporting women entrepreneurs in business, as well as raising funds for 3 Montreal children’s charities, the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, The Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation Maternity Ward, and the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation, NICU
Having grown from its first year in a church hall with about a dozen vendors, SFTH 2013 was held at the Holiday Inn Pointe Claire and boasts about 30 vendors plus some big-name sponsors. And yet, the informality and welcoming atmosphere as well as the drive and passion of the independent vendors is just as apparent. It’s not just a shopping or charity event, but also a bit of networking, a bit of inspiration, and a lot of making new friends.
Not only did this year’s event include the raffle and door prizes that put the icing on previous years, but also a silent auction, a massage chair for a FREE chill-out, a fun photo booth, and live performance from singer Meg Rose Smith.
If you were not able to make it out this year, keep an eye out for details of next year’s event, (following Julia’s blog would be a good way to do that). If you’re not near by but would still like to support SFTH charities, there is a donation form on http://shoppingfromtheheart.blogspot.ca/