The Junior League of Raleigh Hosts its 31st Annual A Shopping SPREE!

More than $2.5 million raised since 1985 to support local children’s nonprofits

The Junior League of Raleigh will welcome more than 170 exhibitors from across the country to its 31st annual A Shopping SPREE! (www.ashoppingspree.org) at the Raleigh Convention Center from Thursday, Oct. 29 through Sunday, Nov. 1. A longstanding tradition that began in 1985, this four-day shopping event has raised more than $2.5 million to support local nonprofit organizations committed to serving area youth.

SPREE! is a popular holiday tradition for many, drawing shoppers from across the state, South Carolina and Virginia. This year, event coordinators expect more than 12,000 shoppers to attend the four-day event seeking the latest fashion, home decor trends, unique presents and holiday merchandise from local, regional and national exhibitors. Supporting the buy local movement and hoping to spotlight locally owned boutiques and businesses, this event will also mark the first time SPREE! exhibitors will include Wake County storefronts.

“We cannot wait to open the doors to this year’s A Shopping SPREE! event,” said Allison Crumpler, A Shopping SPREE! Co-captain. “With a record number of exhibitors and amazingly generous sponsors whose great support has allowed us to enhance this special shopping fundraiser, we have a lot in store for our loyal SPREE! shoppers.”

“Our SPREE! shoppers will be able to take advantage of private early morning shopping events on Thursday and Saturday as well as a special, fun-filled Family Day afternoon event on Sunday,” said Jessica Leggett, A Shopping SPREE! Co-captain. “SPREE! offers shoppers a unique opportunity to shop with exhibitors from Wake County, throughout the state and as far away as the West Coast to find a gift for everyone on their list and even something for themselves.”

Proceeds from SPREE! benefit the Junior League of Raleigh and its programs targeting promising youth. Since 2000, the League’s trained members have donated 250,000 volunteer hours to organizations and projects that impact youth in our community such as SAFEchild, StepUP Ministry, Brentwood Boys & Girls Club, BackPack Buddies, Kids on the Block, Helping Horse, Heritage Park Community Center and AventWest Children’s Mentoring.

Event Highlights:

Live Entertainment
Shoppers will enjoy the talents of local choral and dance groups as they shop at SPREE!. Most noteworthy will be performances by the Junior League of Raleigh Chorus, Theatre In The Park’s “A Christmas Carol” dance ensemble and the Kidznotes youth orchestra.

A Shopping SPREE! Schedule:
General ticket holders for SPREE! can shop anytime during regular shopping hours.

General Shopping Hours
Thursday, Oct. 29 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 30 – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 31 – 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 1 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets: $12 at the door

In addition to regular shopping hours, SPREE! offers several special ticketed events that will offer shoppers special, private shopping times, including:

A Shopping SPREE! Preview Gala
Private evening event with delicious hors de oeuvres and beverages, a silent auction and entertainment by GrooveTown
Wednesday, Oct. 28
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tickets: $50

Early Morning Shopping
Private, stroller-free shopping event with a tasty breakfast
Thursday, Oct. 29
8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Tickets: $25

Weekend Wake-Up
Private, stroller-free shopping event with gourmet coffee in a commemorative SPREE! tumbler
Saturday, Oct. 31.
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Tickets: $15

Family Day
Fun-filled family event with special entertainment, children’s princesses and characters and face-painting
Free admission for children 12 and under
Sunday, Nov. 1
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets: $12 at the door

To purchase tickets to SPREE! or for more information, please visit www.ashoppingspree.org.

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About the Junior League of Raleigh
The Junior League of Raleigh is the local chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International, an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, volunteerism. Now in its 86th year, the Junior League of Raleigh includes nearly 1,600 women supporting community organizations around Wake County. Find us online at www.jlraleigh.org

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