Tis the season to shop and you're sure to get plenty done at Holiday Happening hosted by the Junior League of Lubbock.
The doors opened at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center for the Sneak Peek event. Everything went smoothly, but Wednesday morning the Holiday Happening committee and vendors were scrambling.
"Everybody's scrambling trying to make everything look nice and neat. It's a big night tonight and we're super excited," says Steven Spiegelberg, with Chrome store.
A whirlwind of activity has hit the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center as 150 vendors hang, sort and display their goods for opening night.
"This is the fluff session. Yesterday was the bring it all in set up the skeletal part and then you bring in inventory and go back and fluff everything," says Shara Konechney, with 10-20 Boutique.
It's also crunch time for the Holiday Happening committee. For the past nine months, this group of women have dedicated hundreds of hours to this event.
"This has been my life, our lives," says Mary Jane Lubrera, Holiday Happening Publicity Chair.
But they say the lack of sleep is worth it. In the past 28 years the event has raised $4.2 million, money that has all gone back into the Lubbock community. This year's money will go toward the Food to Kids project.
"There are ten schools in LISD that have been identified. We know for sure that some kids in these schools get breakfast and lunch. We don't know if they have dinner and we don't know if there's food at home over the weekend so we are brown bagging non-perishable items and sending those items home on Friday," says Lumbrera.
Giving you the perfect excuse to shop till you drop. The Junior League hopes to raise $230,000 this year.
While you are at Holiday Happening be sure to get a vouchers for a free prostate screening at a later date. NewsChannel 11 is sponsoring this with Covenant, UMC and the Junior League as a tribute to Abner, who made public his fight against prostate cancer earlier this summer. You don't have to buy a ticket to get the voucher--you can do that for free.