"It's even more important that people get out and do something positive for the community and themselves given the challenges of the last week," event co-chairman Nicole Steel said. "With all the cancellations and scheduling complications, we wanted to be clear that we are moving forward as scheduled and hope to have a very successful event."
The shopping event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the YWL of New Canaan charitable grant program and attracts hundreds of shoppers and 40 vendors from the tri-state area and surrounding towns.
"The Holiday Market has been a favorite fundraiser for the YWL's membership and consistently has raised half the annual grant amount needed to support our chosen charities over the past 15 years," said Amy Burger, YWL president. "We aim to be a destination for holiday shoppers and are grateful for the support from our participating sponsors, vendors, attendees and the town. It's a great opportunity to shop for a good cause."
This year, many of New Canaan's local retailers and shops will participate in shopping perks for attendees for two weeks following the Holiday Market.
The 2012 Holiday Market vendors are Amy Ruth Designs; April Marin; BabyBox.com; Booktopia; Carrie Dunham; Carrot Top Country Kitchen; Charlie + Grace; Circa Designs; Cliffmore Collection; East End Foodies Inc.; Elegant Pots & Petals; Everything is Rosey; Hendra Rose; Holiday Treasures; In2 Design; In2Green; Jean Forte; Jingle Nog; Jo Malone; Julie Collection; Krikett Pillows; Lizzie, Izzie & James LLC; MoesMonkeys; M-Belle-Ish Jewelry; Molly Kugler Dickinson; Nature Girl Designs; Nod Hill Soap; Pure Play Kids; Reilly & Me; Samantha Designs; Signature Style LLC; Smathers & Branson LLC; Small Field Papers; SPLURGE Unique Gifts, Home Decor & Jewelry; Venture Photography; Tailorbryd; Tara Michelle; Three Islands; Thorn Hill Trading Co. and TophDaddy Designs.
The Preview Party takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance at M Milestones on Forest Street in New Canaan or online at ywlnewcanaan.org. Tickets are $45, which includes cocktails, appetizers and desserts, a chance to shop with the vendors, and free re-admittance to the market the following day.
The event continues with Market Day on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A&S Fine Foods will be offering snacks, lunch and other refreshments. Tickets are $10 at the door. There will be limited door prizes sponsored by Jo Malone, Amy Ruth Designs, 360 Fitness and Boulevard 18 Restaurant.
All proceeds for the event will go to the Young Women's League's charitable grant program, which benefits local nonprofit organizations. Vendors donate a portion of their proceeds. For information and tickets, visit ywlnewcanaan.org.