Shopping with a purpose is the theme behind the second annual Vendor Show organized by the MOMS Club Grayslake – South. The event includes 17 vendors selling children’s books and toys, candles, makeup, jewelry and more. All proceeds benefit a Lake Villa-based charity called Newborns in Need, which helps sick or needy babies and their families.
The Vendor Show is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at State Bank of the Lakes, 50 Commerce Drive, Grayslake. Vendors include At Home America, Discovery Toys, Lia Sophia, Southern Living, Initials Inc., Tastefully Simple and Usborne Books, among others. It also includes a bake sale, a cookbook sale and raffles. Admission is $2 plus one free raffle ticket.
“Each year, we choose a charity,” said Kris Young, president of the MOMS Club of Grayslake – South. “We were looking for one that represented our club. We are all moms, and most of our events are family-orientated. We feel this is a charity close to our hearts.”
The local chapter of Newborns in Need, a national organization, opened in Lake Villa this May. The volunteer-run organization was started by Gina Schlicksup of Lake Villa, MaryBeth Babcock of Gurnee, Leiah Kellbach of Round Lake Beach and Lisa Roberts of Gurnee.
“It’s amazing to see how many people truly need help and how many are willing to help,” said Schlicksup, president.