As the summer was winding down and it felt more like fall, a local business that has been in the community for years decided to try to bring the community together for entertainment and local goods.
Glenwood Funeral Home and Cemetery, which was established in 1960, hosted the Glenwood Charity Market on Sunday, August 25 to raise money for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.
“We are very excited about the success of it and it went way beyond our expectations,” explained Soraya Timmerman, assistant branch manager at Glenwood Funeral Home and Cemetery.
Around 700 people attended, raising almost $2,000 for the Stollery, which was much more than organizers expected.
“There were lots of younger families and kids because we had lots of kids activities including Chase from Paw Patrol, who is always a big hit but there were also cars that didn’t have kids that came,” she said, adding Disney Princess Ariel also made an appearance but Chase stole the show.
The free event, which was held outside Glenwood Funeral Home and Cemetery, featured 30 vendors, food trucks, face painting, balloon animals and entertainment by local musicians Duff Robinson and Garret James. In addition to raising money for a good cause, it acted as a great venue for local vendors and talent.
“We had a few small businesses set up shop like Sweet Legs, which is a small independent business, Paisley Lane was another and then there were a lot of artisans who made hand-made products,” Timmerman said.
Due to this year’s success, plans are already in the works for next year and how to make the event an annual occurrence. A few more food trucks will be expected to be included in those plans.
With around 700 people going through the charity market, volunteers played a big hand in making it happen.
“There were a lot of volunteers who helped with this. The musicians volunteered their talents, we had a lot of support from the community, our mascot was donated from the rental company because the event was in support of the Stollery,” Timmerman said. “We just really want to thank all the volunteers and community for making this event such a success.”
The Glenwood Charity Market already has a date set for 2020; Sunday, August 29, 2020.
“Hopefully next year we can make the event bigger and better and continue to raise donations for the Stollery,” she said. “Now we have a good gauge and can better guesstimate on food and supplies and things like that and we are really excited to do it again next year.”