WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
The Westchase Holiday Market is an annual event supporting and showcasing our local artists and craftspeople, as well as raising money for Autism Speaks. To date, the Westchase Holiday Market has raised over $23,000.00 for Autism Speaks! All proceeds from raffles and silent auctions, as well as vendor registrations and sponsors, are donated to Autism Speaks after expenses are met.
As for the artists and craftspeople, many vendors choose this Market as their go-to event each year. Some artists haven’t shown their work before and use the Market to try things out on a new audience. Most artists see it as a great way to increase client base and expand their business.
It started ten years ago on a whim - a few friends getting together to share their creative ideas. From there it grew to a larger event that inspired its director to give back to the community. Donations to Autism Speaks are given to the local chapter, and go back into local grants and assistance.
What are people saying about the Westchase Holiday Market?
“Thank you very much for all of your hard work! The event was amazing! I had such a great time and met some great people! I can't wait to do it again next year.” - Vendor
"It was a really nice event with vendors who were so very, very friendly. It means a lot to have vendors explain their work with enthusiasm and who seem interested in their potential buyers.” - Happy Customer
"Please let me just say thanks for hosting such a wonderful event and inviting us all to be a part of it; let alone, be beneficiaries of such generous donations. The people were so welcoming, friendly, curious, and talented! It was a pleasure to see all the great local talent. I hope to be partnered with your events more often in the future.” - Rep for Autism Speaks
"First, thank you for having me. It was a great event. Sales were great. I would love to return next year.” - Vendor
"The Westchase Holiday Market was great. I had a great time being there, sharing with other, and selling my products - I had a very good selling day and am very happy to know we supported a very worthy cause." - Vendor
"You really have built something special here!” - Christopher Barrett, WOW Publisher