Harvest Boutique helps Staff Council fundraise

By Emily K. Cohen

Cal Poly Pomona students can shop this year for the holidays and win prizes – all while helping the Staff Council.

The Harvest Boutique, first held by the Staff Council five years ago, is one of two boutiques the organization produces each year to raise funds for events.

“The event is growing and people are beginning to look forward to it. We are excited about our new location outside the BSC,” said Rosie Pasos, a council member and an administrative support coordinator for the College of Letters Arts and Social Sciences.

According to a press release, the event will feature vendors, including direct sales representatives from well-known companies like Tupperware, Pampered Chef and Mary Kay.

There will be holiday crafters and CPP staff members selling their own items.

In addition to staff, some CPP clubs have signed up to be a part of the event as well.

The Latino Faculty, Staff and Student Association club will be at the boutique selling T-shirts.

The event serves as a good opportunity for the attendees to learn about the vendors, the clubs and the council.

“The Staff Council has been operating for so many years, it is a great nonprofit organization that supports staff on campus,” Pasos said.

The organization is one of the first ever-original organizations within the California State University system, which has been representing nonacademic employees since the 1962-1963 school year.

According to the Staff Council’s mission statement, “since its formation, the fundamental purpose of Staff Council has been to engage in service to the campus community,” and they overall want to enhance the value and worth of the staff at CPP.

One way the Staff Council engages the campus community is by offering scholarship awards to CPP staff members who are actively continuing their education.

They also show appreciation to the staff by awarding them with small gifts for their time of service.

Additionally, the Staff Council actively supports the community by sponsoring a program with the Pomona Police Department called Santa Cop, which collects stuffed animal donations during the holidays to give to children.

“We put on a holiday gathering with the Pomona Police Department by giving stuffed animals to the less fortunate community, such as children and families who have experienced trauma to help support them during the holidays,” Pasos said.

They support the CPP community as well.

The council provides meals for the Rose Float Club while working on the float throughout the year and on the day of the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Events and services are supported in part by proceeds from the Harvest Boutique.

There are even more incentives to purchase from the boutique than just picking up items for gifts.

Multiple drawings for prizes will also be available for those who purchase items.

“Vendors are donating a prize for whatever they sell,” Pasos said. “When shoppers buy from them, they get a ticket for their drawing to win their prize.”

The event, appropriately timed for the upcoming holiday gift-giving season, will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at University Park.

The event will feature a variety of vendors and well-known companies.

Courtesy of Staff Council

The event will feature a variety of vendors and well-known companies.

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