Rose Kaech of Vancouver has just launched the event series Market for a Cause, with the first event set for Sunday, November 27, 2016 at the Heritage Hall in Vancouver. She started planning the event in the spring and has put in countless hours making it happen and finding local vendors with the help of her team of dedicated volunteers.
Indeed, Market for a Cause’s debut will be holiday themed. Rose is a mother of two and avid creator who is experiencing the event industry for the first time.
Read more of Rose’s journey below:
- Where did the idea for Market for a Cause come from?
I am passionate about the local shopping movement and community involvement, so I wanted to create an event that would support both local makers and local charities.
- How many vendors will be at the event at the Heritage Hall in YVR?
Approximately 30. I have tried to curate a list of vendors that not only are local, but are unique. There will be items for every person on your shopping list.
- How many guests do you expect at the first Market for a Cause?
Hopefully we will attract hundreds at our first market. There will be a swag bag full of goodies for the first 25 guests, so early lining up is encouraged
- Aside from neat buys and gifts, what else can guests experience at the market in late November?
There will be live music, and a chance to take your picture beside a beautiful flower wall, and a draw for a gift basket full of products from the artisans with the money donated to the Canucks Autism Network (CAN). Guests will also be able to meet the artisans behind many of the most popular Vancouver brands.
- As you shared above, the beneficiary for the event in November is CAN, an organization that supports families living with autism in BC. How can people donate to this cause on-event?
The door fee of three dollars will be directly donated to CAN, in addition if guests purchase a raffle ticket for the gift box and take their picture by the flower wall the money raised from these will go to CAN as well. Individual vendors have also chosen to donate a portion of their sales to the cause as well, so we are encouraging people to do the majority of their Christmas shopping at the event.
- Do you have a personal connection CAN?
Yes, my six-year-old son has autism and we have used the services of CAN. They directly impact the lives of children and families living with autism by giving them a chance to participate in the community and make social connections.
CAN is our first charity we are supporting. Future events and charities will be announced at a later date.
- Judging by the brand’s Instagram, the markets you put on have a ton of stuff for kids! How does providing products for purchase for the entire family help your brand recognition?
I am trying to have a list of vendors [at the event] that not only sell kids products, but products for the entire family.
- Is there an item that you can’t wait to get for yourself, or someone else in your family, at the market?
- What are the top three promotional tools and techniques you’ve used to ensure event success that other planners may find useful?
- What is the toughest lesson you’ve had to learn while working in events?
It is hard to turn down friends and other great artisans in the effort to maintain a diversified event. I’d love to have a larger venue next time to include even more vendors.
- Despite the long hours and the high-pressure environments, why does working in events appeal to you?
I am a local artisan myself – I own and operate, Stardust Generation, a teething and sensory product line for babies, kids, moms and special needs. I wanted to create a market that truly showcased local talent using the connections I have obtained in the field while giving back to CAN.
- When you’re not working on Market for a Cause, what other projects/hobbies do you find yourself experiencing?
My full time gig is Stardust Generation, but my most important job is being a mom to my six-year-old son and one-year-old daughter. Life is busy!
- Do you have anything else you might want our readers to know about Market for a Cause?
Myself and the local vendors have worked really hard to make sure this event is a success. We are all donating our time and some of our profits to CAN which makes this market unique.
We’re grateful for Rose’s time and commitment to sharing her story with us and wish her luck on Sunday, November 27, 2016. For more information about Market for a Cause and how to get involved in their first-ever holiday fest, visit http://www.marketforacause.ca.