2012 Follow-Up

I am happy to report that the 2012 Shopping From The Heart event took place with a great turn out and everyone who attended had a fabulous night!

It was such a good feeling to say in the microphone that this was the second Shopping From The Heart event! It really made things more concrete for me, and excited for all that this event can and will do!  

The 22 women entrepreneurs that presented their products and services created the most beautiful tables with their displays. The variety of products and services that were together in one room made for a very interesting networking event. All the vendors that came are very passionate about their businesses and it really shined through during the evening! There was truly something for everyone and connecting with such a wide range of talented people in one evening was exciting!  

On Friday evening, May 4th, 2012, we managed to attract well over 100 people to the event with all the advertising, flyers and social networking mentions. I was so touched to have Bureau En Gros on Brunswick Boulevard sponsor the posters and flyers this year. It gave an added advantage from last year. As well, I found that the vendors made a great effort to get the word out. The YouTube video was shared through Facebook and Twitter often. Another great effort was made by one vendor by adding the flyer as an insert with her mailing catalogues – very innovative! All of these things help to gain exposure. 

As well, The Lakeshore Hospital Foundation and the Montreal Children’s Foundation both posted the blog link to their Facebook sites. The Lakeshore Foundation even created their own press release for their site that was also delivered to their complete mailing list. Ms. Kim-Tien Nyuen from MCHF came and spoke briefly saying how grateful she was and how these funds will help those who truly need it, the children. 

In just two and a half hours, we managed to raise $1305.00 which will be shared among the three children's charities! This week I will be bringing the proceeds to the three hospitals. Follow-ups to come. 

All in all, the vendors were happy, the guests were thrilled and everyone loved the raffle prizes(did they ever love the raffle prizes!!), yummy treats.  

Photographer extraordinaire, Valerie Pyke, graciously took photos of the event and more will arrive shortly.

A big thank you to you all - you helped make a difference with Shopping From The Heart!!

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