By Emily K. Cohen
The Staff Council’s bi-annual campus fundraiser, the Harvest Boutique, experienced an increase in attention and foot traffic last Thursday thanks to the new location in University Park.
Students visited a variety of vendors, including the LuLaRoe table, the Latino Faculty, Staff and Students Association table and booths that were selling high-end makeup at discounted prices.
One vendor in particular was selling succulents that drew in a consistent flow of customers throughout the event.
“Everyone seems to love the succulents today, they are so easy to take care of,” Rosie Pasos, an administrative support coordinator for the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences and a Staff Council member, said.
The vendor, Rene Hernandez, does business as a “Cactus Collector” and has been coming to the boutique fundraisers for the past five years.
“We have seen a big time difference this year since we are over here instead of by the CLA building,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez sells some succulents for as little as $1 to $2, which are prices that attract students the most.
Many students appreciated Hernandez’s succulents for other reasons.
“We need to rethink our perspective on how we treat nature,” ASI Secretary of Sustainability and third-year environmental biology student Martha Rosario said.
Hernandez also works with the Staff Council during Staff Appreciation Week by presenting a workshop about his popular succulents.
Other popular vendors included makeup, jewelry and clothing sellers.
January Lee, the LuLaRoe consultant, felt the turnout was big enough to spark her interest to attend the Spring Boutique.
“It was great to be here, meet people and make connections,” Lee said.
“I met a lot of people here today, and now that I know some people, I definitely want to come back again.”
The boutique serves as a fundraiser for the Staff Council, an organization founded to benefit the Cal Poly Pomona staff through enhancing their presence within the CPP community.
The council focuses on showing support and appreciation by awarding scholarships and service pins to staff and faculty.
Overall, the biggest annual event the Staff Council produces is Staff Appreciation Day.
Funds that are raised from this boutique and the Spring Boutique will go toward paying for the support they show for other CPP groups including the Rose Float Club.
The Staff Council also collaborates with the Pomona Police Department every holiday season to give stuffed animals to families who have been traumatized and are underprivileged, a program called “Santa Cop.”
Many of the vendors enjoy participating in these events not just because of the opportunity to sell their goods, but also to be a part of a good cause.
“We enjoy doing this. It’s a good interaction with people who share the same passion,” Hernandez said.
The next boutique is set for May, just in time for Mother’s Day gift shopping. The CPP community will be able to shop for loved ones all while benefiting the Staff Council.
With the new location, the boutique brought more people and more foot traffic, which satisfied all vendors and encouraged them to continue coming out to support the university.
“We are always blessed with lots of customers,” Hernandez said.
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Second-year Food and Nutrition students Agnes Wong and Kelly Huang browse through the Scentsy selection
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Some of the Harvest Boutique vendors included LuLaRoe, Latino Faculty Staff and Student Association
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