Raleigh, NC, October 23, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- More than 165 exhibitors from around the country will be at the Raleigh Convention Center beginning Thursday, Oct. 24 for the 29th annual A Shopping SPREE!, the Junior League of Raleigh’s largest annual fundraiser. This four-day shopping event showcases regional and national exhibitors offering the latest in fashion and home decor trends, unique gifts and holiday merchandise.
The League is expecting more than 12,000 shoppers at the event, which will run from Thursday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Raleigh Convention Center, located at 500 S. Salisbury Street in downtown Raleigh. By the end of SPREE!, more than 700 League volunteers will have donated time organizing, managing and working at the event.
“We are thrilled to have so many of our favorite exhibitors returning from last year, as well as a few exciting new exhibitors lined up,” said Julie Hampton, A Shopping SPREE! Co-captain. “Thanks to our sponsors and hardworking volunteers, A Shopping SPREE! will offer great special events, including the Early Morning Shopping event, which is a great way to beat the crowds.”
“A Shopping SPREE! has become an annual tradition for many and attracts shoppers from all across the state,” said Kristen Hoffman, A Shopping SPREE! Co-captain. “We recommend coming prepared to check everyone off your holiday gift list and buy a few treats for yourself. You can shop all day and get re-fueled during lunch at the SPREE! Café, all in one great location.”
Proceeds from A Shopping SPREE! benefit the Junior League of Raleigh and its programs targeting promising youth. Since 2000, the League’s trained volunteers have donated 232,000 volunteer hours to programs and projects that impact youth in the Raleigh community such as SAFEchild, Brentwood Boys & Girls Club, StepUP Ministry, Helping Horse, Heritage Park Community Center and AventWest Children’s Mentoring.
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The League will host a new SPREE! Young Entrepreneur for 2013, Lindsay Sebastian, a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in journalism and global studies. Sebastian is the communications manager for A Ban Against Neglect (ABAN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young mothers in Ghana by selling unique, handmade products from recycled materials. To raise funds for her nonprofit, she will be selling handbags and accessories at her booth.
This year marks the second year of SPREE!’s Young Entrepreneur Program (YEP). Last year’s Young Entrepreneur, Molly Paul, is currently a student at St. Mary’s School. Paul is the founder and director of Raleigh Aquatic Turtle Adoption (RATA), which she started in 2006 to keep non-native turtle species out of North Carolina waterways by finding new homes for them. She raises money for environmentally-focused nonprofits by creating and selling turtle-shaped soaps. Paul is returning to SPREE! as a 2013 exhibitor.
A Shopping SPREE Schedule:
General ticket holders for A Shopping SPREE! can shop anytime during regular shopping hours. There also are several ticketed events scheduled in conjunction with A Shopping SPREE! offering special shopping times.
General Shopping Hours
Thursday, Oct. 24 - 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25 - 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 26 - 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 27 - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition to regular shopping hours, A Shopping SPREE! special events include the following:
Includes silent auction and entertainment by Liquid Pleasure
Wednesday, Oct. 23
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Early Morning Shopping
A SPREE! favorite – private early morning shopping minus the crowds and strollers
Thursday, Oct. 24
8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Champagne & Shoes – NEW to SPREE! in 2013
Includes a peek at the season’s chicest shoes while you sip champagne and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, too.
Friday, Oct. 25
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Start your Saturday off right with this coffee-fueled morning shopping event
Saturday, Oct. 26
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
To purchase tickets ($10 each) to A Shopping SPREE! or for more information, please visit www.ashoppingspree.org.
About The Junior League:
The Junior League of Raleigh (www.jlraleigh.org) is a nonprofit organization focused on training women as community leaders and volunteers. The League is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International and is the 9th largest of 294 Leagues internationally. The Raleigh League has more than 1,900 members serving Wake County with programs of education and volunteer service. The League has contributed more than 232,000 volunteer hours since 2000, focusing on promising youth. The League’s new Center for Community Leadership, located at 711 Hillsborough St., offers training space and programming for League members and community agencies.
Since 1930, the Junior League of Raleigh has contributed more than $5 million to community projects and programs. The League reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to volunteerism.
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