CSG fundraiser pleases shoppers, backs education
Posted September 20, 2012
Members of the Columbus School for Girls 2012 Jubilee committee are putting the finishing touches on the school's annual fundraising event.
The entire CSG community, along with family, friends and neighbors, comes together once a year to have fun and raise money for the school's scholarship fund.
"Jubilee is a great time for the community to come together and would not happen without the hard work and dedication of all the parent volunteers, school staff and professionals we bring in to transform our space into a wonderful shopping experience," Jubilee co-chair Lynne Smith said.
More than 50 vendors will visit CSG this year, according to event organizers. Some are local while some come from out of state. The CSG gyms and dining room are transformed into a marketplace filled with a variety of shops.
For every purchase made, 15 percent will be returned to the school and placed in the scholarship fund. More than 24 percent of students at CSG receive some kind of financial aid, according to school officials.
The marketplace will be open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Tickets are $5 per person.
Lower School girls will entertain shoppers with songs during the morning. A fashion show with Capital Style editor Kristy Eckert will take place in the afternoon. Local food trucks will be on site providing refreshments.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, shopping will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jeni Britton Bauer from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, will sign copies of her award-winning book and discuss her ice cream business. The Columbus Children's Choir will perform.
The annual Preview Party will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. Tickets are available at $300 per couple and are valid for the entire weekend. Local restaurants will serve food and an open bar will be available.
A silent auction and live music will be featured, in addition to an opportunity to browse and shop.
"We are thrilled with the quality and diversity of our vendor lineup," Jubilee Marketplace chair Marilu Faber said. "We will have 56 boutiques in all. Our three top sellers from last year -- Creme de la Creme, Dubarry of Ireland, and Sarah Oliver Handbags -- will be returning, and we are introducing 27 new shops," she said. "Among them are Get Fresh Bakehouse of Fairfield, N.J. (declared "best gluten-free chocolate chip cookie" by oprah.com), Be Sweet of Sausalito, Calif. (an artisanal purveyor of handcrafted scarves, sweaters and bags made by women in South Africa) and Maria Pucci Couture of New York (maker of elegant dinner jackets)."
Jubilee co-chair Lee Ann Hadley said new events this year will include a fashion show with students and faculty members modeling the clothes.
"Kristy Eckert of Capital Style magazine will emcee the fashion show and share the season's top fashion trends," Hadley said.