Sunday, November 11, 2018, 11 am – 4 pm
Over the past eight years, the High Hopes Holiday Market has grown into one of Connecticut’s premier Holiday Events. More than 60, thoughtfully curated vendors come together with food stalls, music, kids’ activities, and a whole barn-full of holiday spirit, to benefit over 1600 children, teens, and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities who participate annually in High Hopes programs.
VENDORS: Put your name on the list now to be considered by our Market Committee. The applications will be reviewed in August and selections will be based on ensuring a well represented, successful Market. Vendors must be craft, gift, artisan or artisan food vendors. Vendors submit 15% of Market proceeds, or a minimum donation of $100 if 15% of Market proceeds are less than $100. To maintain the integrity of our Market we limit this to local and regional products and do not include multi-level-marketing vendors or associates in this group. If in doubt or with any Market questions, please contact our Market Manager, Trudy Burgess, at email@example.com.
VENDOR PARTNERS: Vendors who want a guaranteed, highly visible booth, are seeking marketing opportunities and want to show their support to the mission of High Hopes should consider this vendor opportunity. Vendor Partners pay a one-time fee of $250. Again, our Vendor Partners are craft, gift, artisans and artisan food vendors selling local and regional products. If in doubt or with any Market questions, please check with our Market Manager, Trudy Burgess, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CORPORATE PARTNERS: Each year we help to showcase just 5 Corporate Partners. These are local businesses and service providers which include multi-level-marketing vendors or associates in this group who wish to have a highly visible booth at the Market for a one-time fee of $500. It is on a first come first served basis. Please contact our Market Manager, Trudy Burgess, at email@example.com with any questions.
The Holiday Market Event Committee, Co-Chaired by Trustees Katherine Gibson and Jeff Ridgway, choose featured vendors for their diversity and originality. “The Holiday Market is a one-stop-shop for all of your holiday shopping and family fun. From sweet treats, live music, and award winning-food trucks to lotions & potions, paintings & fine creations, whittled wooden wares, jewels, kids crafts, photos, charms & baubles. We will have cozy apparel, abodes for birds, up-cycled finds, perfect presents and all of the earthenware and freshly baked bread and pies that you’ve come to love.
“This is a one-day event, and in 2017 over 3,000 visitors come through the barn between 11 am and 4 pm looking for holiday inspiration. Our vendors love to see a wide range of visitors from across Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and beyond,” says Co-Chair Jeff Ridgeway.
75% of High Hopes’ annual operating budget comes from our fundraising and development activities such as the Holiday Market and Annual Gala. Because of these events, High Hopes is able to ensure that anybody that could benefit from Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies can be supported. Our student body is very diverse, ranging from children as young as 2 and 3 with autism or developmental issues to veterans suffering from PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury. Entrance to the market for visitors is free with a non-perishable donation to the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and last year nearly 3,200lbs of food was collected just in time for Thanksgiving.
“The reputation of the market is growing year-on-year, and even during the height of the summer last year we were still receiving inquiries from new and exciting vendors, as well as our stalwart supporters wanting to come back,” said Market Manager Trudy Burgess. “We wish we could fit every vendor that inquires; but we want to continue to offer a very special family experience to our visitors, and to do that we are careful to ensure we have a real cross-section of products, food, services, and gifts.” We are putting a call out earlier this year for interested vendors to get in touch.