Marketplace, an annual festive holiday shopping event presented by premier sponsors The Medical Center Auxiliary and Willis Investment Counsel, is celebrating its 24th year November 5 – 7 at the Gainesville Civic Center. All proceeds from Marketplace 2015 benefit Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County, which works to prevent accidental childhood injury – the leading killer of children ages 14 and younger in the U.S.
Marketplace Preview Party is Thursday, November 5, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets for Preview Party are $50 per person and are available for purchase at nghs.com/tickets. Preview Party attendees will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres; silent and live auctions; return admission to Marketplace; and the chance to shop before Marketplace opens to the public.
General admission is open 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 6, and 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 7. Tickets are $5, and children 12 and younger are admitted free. Complimentary valet parking and a parking shuttle will be available.
Marketplace will feature more than 85 merchants from seven states, including 25 first-time merchants, selling unique gift items such as art; books; jewelry and other ladies’ accessories; home accessories; women’s, men’s and children’s clothing; gourmet food; Christmas items; and much more. Gifts will be priced in all ranges from small, inexpensive gifts to unique, one-of-a-kind items. Also, new this year is Artist’s Row on the Green Street porch on Friday and Saturday.
Marketplace is an annual social and fundraising event of The Medical Center Auxiliary, which benefits healthcare services of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. This year’s chairpersons – Suzie Hawkins, Bonnie-Lynne Wilson and Sally Pittman – lead a planning committee of more than 30 volunteers including Auxiliary president Dot Dusenberry. More than 130 volunteers will serve during Marketplace weekend.
For more information about Marketplace, or to purchase tickets, call 770-219-1830 or visit nghs.com/marketplace.
About Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County
Created in 1992, Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County is one of 32 coalitions in Georgia dedicated to the prevention of accidental injuries, a leading killer of children 14 and younger. In 2014, members of Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County provided 352 programs and events reaching an estimated 59,000 children and their families, teachers and caregivers. Through these programs, more than 4,695 safety devices were distributed to families in need. For more information, please call 770-219-8095 or follow us on Facebook.