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Rotary Club holding ‘One Stop Holiday Shop’ fundaiser for Boys and Girls Club

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MASSENA - The Boys and Girls Club of Massena will be the beneficiary of a fundraiser Sunday at the Massena Elks Lodge, Bowers Street.

The admission-free “One Stop Holiday Shop” runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features more than 15 vendors; a silent auction; vendor raffles; 50-50 raffle; a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, courtesy of Cubby T. Clown and Co., for a children’s story reading from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and magic by Richard Tenace throughout the day.

The Elks will have soup and sandwiches available for $5, and the Massena High School Interact Club will wrap purchased gifts for a donation.

The event is sponsored by the Vendor Blender Team in coordination with the Massena Rotary Club and Elks Lodge.

Vendors include The Pampered Chef, Scentsy, The Chocolate Chicks, Thirty-One, Tastefully Simple, 2 Mama Birds, Lia Sophia, DC Designs, Douglas Custom Creations, Tupperware, Paparazzi Accessories, Arbonne, Jewelynn, Miss. D’s Alpacas, Bev & Diane’s Beaded Jewelry and Akwesasne Puppy Style Dog Biscuits.

“We have about 20 different silent auction items from areas businesses and Rotarians. We also have vendor raffles,” said Rotarian Darcy Sharpe, who, along with Tonya Moulton, came up with the idea for the fundraiser.

Ms. Sharpe is a direct sales representative for The Pampered Chef, while Ms. Moulton is a direct sales representative for Scentsy.

“We met up a couple of years ago at vendor events. It was her idea to do a vendor event to raise money for New Beginnings in Madrid where she lives. We started vendor events to raise money for New Beginnings. We’ve done that three times or so,” Ms. Sharpe said.

Following that, she said, they wondered who else could benefit from a fundraiser, and Ms. Moulton asked if any money needed to be raised in Massena.

“I said, ‘I’m with Rotary. Why don’t we do Rotary?’” Ms. Sharpe said.

Ms. Moulton addressed a meeting of the Rotary Club and the idea for a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Massena came to fruition.

That was in November and the big question, according to Ms. Sharpe, was, “You want to do this in December?”

“We said trust us, and we pulled it off. Because we’ve done vendor events in the past, we have a large list of different direct sales and crafts people that want to come out. We put feelers out to see who would be interested. We’re still having calls with people asking to come in. We just don’t have the room. We’ve never done this at the Elks before,” she said.

In addition to the vendors, they decided to make it even more festive by inviting Santa and Mrs. Claus, and Mr. Tenace will also be making magic throughout the day.

“I was looking for a Santa and asking around. Another Rotarian says, ‘Why don’t you try this person?’ That night through Facebook I talked with Mrs. Claus. They have another event, but they’re going to volunteer time for that hour. Then Rich stepped forward,” Ms. Sharpe said.

Rotary Club President Susan Bellor said it was a perfect project for the club to be involved with. She said the money that each vendor pays for their table will go to the Boys and Girls Club, along with the proceeds from the silent auction table and 50-50 raffle.

“It’s a brand new Rotary project. (Ms. Sharpe) belongs to an organization (Rotary) that every year wants to do something charitable. She came to me and said how about a new project, promoting service above self with money coming to Rotary. I said it’s a good time to start for the Boys and Girls Club. Community service - service above self - is so important to Rotary,” Ms. Bellor said. “I’m delighted that she thought of us.”

Even with short notice, she said organizers were able to pull off the event.

“It happened very fast. Tom Sullivan had flyers made up for us and certain Rotarians have donated things. We have a lot of things that hopefully people will bid on,” she said.

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