For 16th year, shoppers support the needy

Jewelry, clothing and other items were on display. PHOTO/AJ KAJY

OU News Bureau

A shopping extravaganza sells itself. Combine that with a noble cause, and people will flock.

For the 16th year, hundreds of people gathered at Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield to do just that. Patrons paced the club’s ballroom for four hours searching for items to purchase.

The event is put on every year by the United Community Family Services to support people in need.

Vendors purchased tables at Shenandoah through the charity. The space purchased became their store for the evening. The tables lined the ballroom. Options included clothing and jewelry.

Shandi Dabish, owner of Sway Jewelry in Novi, has brought her store to the event for three years.

“This year, I think the vendor fees are going to a few needs center and the food pantry,” Dabish said.

That is the plan for United Community Family Services. Money collected from vendors will be distributed to basic needs center and food pantries.

One vendor was not a business owner, just a good Samaritan. Luella Toma of West Bloomfield paid for a table to sell homemade cookies for $5. She donated every penny to the charity’s food pantry.

“My sister works with the charity so I might be bias, but this event is special,” she said. “It raises money for people who need it.”

The patrons’ shopping can provide for others. Helping while getting something in return provides an incentive.

“People are helping who normally wouldn’t,” Toma said.

Vendors help the community but enjoy the benefits, too.

“I’ll be honest. I come here to promote my business and get exposure,” Dabish said. “At the end of the evening, at least I know I’m helping someone else in the process.”

The benefiting goes all around.

“This event is in its 16th year for a reason,” said Suhir Kallbat of Commerce, who helped put the event together.

“The shoppers get items they want, vendors get good publicity and the people who need help get it,” Kallbat said. “It makes for magic every year.”


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