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Junior League hosting virtual Holiday Mart

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — The Junior League of Indianapolis (JLI) will hold a virtual Holiday Mart this year, as opposed to the normal, in-person event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in November, due to COVID-19. JLI members say they decided a virtual event would be the best option for the safety of everyone involved. 

“We have all made difficult decisions this year, whether in our personal or professional lives,” said Patrice Dawson, JLI president. “While we are disappointed Holiday Mart will look different this year, we have worked hard to create a safe and engaging way to bring shoppers a one-stop virtual marketplace.”

The virtual marketplace is set to open on Nov. 17 and run through Nov. 30. Merchants will set up individual virtual shops showcasing pictures and descriptions of products, with a portion of proceeds benefiting JLI. 

“Holiday Mart is our largest fundraising event and we use proceeds to support nonprofits in the Indianapolis community,” said Dawson. “Last year, thanks to Holiday Mart, we awarded $125,000 in grants to area nonprofits preparing students for academic success. We hope we are able to make the same impact this year, even with a virtual event.”