23rd Holly Festival to benefit DARE, Lee’s Summit CARES

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

This year’s 23rd annual Holly Festival will provide several new options for patrons looking to get healthy, get chic and get their Christmas shopping done early.

The Lee’s Summit CARES event – a benefit for the local Drug Abuse Resistance Program (D.A.R.E.) chapter – runs Nov. 11-12 at Bernard Campbell Middle School, 1201 NE Colbern Road. More than 100 vendors and booths will be on display bearing holiday-themed gifts, local, handcrafted treasures, food and silent auction items. And, of course, Santa Claus. The festival runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 11 and 11-3 Nov. 12.

“The Holly Festival has become a longstanding holiday tradition for many Lee’s Summit families for good reason,” Lee’s Summit CARES Director Rachel Nelson-Segobia said. “This fun event combines holiday shopping, visits with Santa and fundraising for a great cause.”

Lee’s Summit Police Chief Travis Forbes said the D.A.R.E. program is fortunate to be the benefactor of this event.

“The Holly Festival is recognized as an opportunity to not only reinforce the community values inherent to Lee’s Summit, but also serves as a fundraising effort to help facilitate the DARE program,” Chief Forbes said. “We strongly support the continued outreach afforded by DARE that improves the safety of our schools and students, particularly in light of the challenges we face in our modern era.”

In conjunction with the Holly Festival’s traditional locally-made crafts fair, two other events – the Chic Fest and Health Fest – will offer visitors access to trendy merchandisers, independent consultants and health-related vendors and information as well as free screenings. The Health Fest is sponsored by the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce.

Vendor spots are still available for the Holly Festival. For more information, visit http://www.lscares.org/holly-festival.html or call Susan Coffman at 816-347-3248.

ABOUT LEE’S SUMMIT CARES: Lee’s Summit Cares is a non-profit community coalition dedicated to preventing youth substance use and violence by preventing risky behaviors, promoting exemplary character and empowering positive parenting.

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