So reading this story, I see that they are planning a French Market to fund-raise. Hm.. Intriguing! So I did what any normal, self-respecting person would do - stalk the organization on Facebook!
The event page says this:
This Saturday, March 23rd, Hospice Hearts Sanctuary will be hosting a French Market
New Champaign Non-Profit to Hold French Market
Urbana, Illinois, March 1, 2013 – Join central Illinois artisans and other local vendors on Saturday, March 23, 2013, for a French Market to benefit Hospice Hearts Sanctuary, a Champaign County non-profit that will provide care for dogs and cats with terminally ill owners.
The French Market will be open from 1:00–8:00 p.m. at the Urbana Civic Center at 108 East Water Street. Admission to the French Market is $3 for adults. Children are free, but are welcome to bring a donation of pet food for local rescue organization Catsnap.
Inspired by an open air market in France, the French Market will integrate forty local vendors selling handcrafted and other unique goods and an assortment of other activities, including:
- Local musicians — including Motherlode Stringband, Caleb Cook, David Howie, and Jammin’ Jimmy Bean — will set the mood of the market with acoustic tunes.
- Gourmet small plates of French hors d’eourves from Cheese and Crackers and French desserts from The New Sweet Indulgence will be available for purchase.
- Over fifty handmade quilts, blankets, and afghans from the Hospice Hearts Sanctuary Cover With Love Online Auction will be available for viewing and bidding.
- Champaign-Urbana therapy dogs will be onsite in Le Smooch Le Pooch Booth, accepting kisses and hugs for donations to Hospice Hearts Sanctuary.
I'm sorry... Le Smooth Le Pooch? Adorable!
I contacted Hospice Hearts Sanctuary to find out how they managed to put this all together. I've been there, I've done that, and it is difficult! Luckily for them, they have a strong team of friends helping them make their dream happen. As far as locating vendors? Word spread and people got really excited. And who wouldn't for such a good cause?
This definitely seems like an organization that needs your support getting off the ground. If you can't make it to the fundraiser, you may contribute online here. As of 3/20/13 they are about a third of the way to their goal.
If you can, well.. enjoy a little shopping with some great music and food! Oh, and don't forget your striped shirt and barrett ;)