Queen Bee Market Las Vegas
Expo to Benefit Spread the Word Nevada
Monetary Donations and New or Gently Used Books Will Be Collected for Spread the Word Nevada
Queen Bee Market, the popular urban-style handmade market, has partnered with Spread the Word Nevada to host a fundraising drive at the annual shopping event held at The Conference Center of Las Vegas on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8.
Spread the Word Nevada is a children’s literacy organization dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by giving books to Nevada’s at-risk and low-income communities. Since 2001, Spread the Word Nevada has given more than 5.5 million gently used and new books to more than 575,200 low-income youth in the state. Programs include ‘Kids to Kids,’ an initiative to help children build in-home libraries; “Breakfast with Books,” an initiative to increase the awareness and importance of reading as a family activity; “Books & Buddies,” a multi-generational reading program that partners at-risk youth with a mentor; and “Books on Break,” a summer program that works with organizations such as Three Square and Boys & Girls Club to bring story time to children during summer vacation.
Spread the Word Nevada will have a booth at Queen Bee Market, where representatives will collect new and gently used books. Shoppers who donate three or more books will receive $1 off their general admission ticket. Attendees can also make monetary donations at the booth.
Queen Bee Market, described as “Etsy comes to life,” will host vendors who make their products by hand and display their products from booths that are designed with flair. Co-owners of Queen Bee Market, sisters Kellie Dooley and Allison Gharst, hand-pick the artisans who will be showcasing and selling an array of handmade home décor, accessories, clothing, paper arts, vintage items and more.
Tickets to Queen Bee Market are priced at $5 per person and will be available for purchase at the door. Children 12 years old and younger and military members with ID will receive free entry. More information and the full list of participating vendors is available at www.TheQueenBeeMarket.com.
About Queen Bee Market
Queen Bee Market was originally founded in 2010, when it caught the attention of sisters, Kellie Dooley and Allison Gharst, who participated through their Etsy-based company, Peabody & Sassafras. The sisters purchased Queen Bee Market in 2014 and have continued to grow Queen Bee Market, amassing a strong following of vendors and visitors throughout the southwest. In 2017, Dooley and Gharst hosted their first Queen Bee Market in Las Vegas, which has since become an annual event. The sisters balance their roles as business owners with parenthood as mothers to three small children, each. Queen Bee Market has made charitable donations to Operation Smile, Children of the Nations, Ronald McDonald House of Southern California, The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and others through its events.
About Spread the Word Nevada
Spread the Word Nevada is a children’s literacy nonprofit, 501 (C)(3) corporation, dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by placing books into the hands and homes of children within Nevada’s at-risk, low income communities. While developing a love of reading, these libraries promote future academic achievement and self-confidence, which impacts lifelong success. Since 2001, Spread the Word Nevada has distributed more than 5.5 million gently used and new books to more than 575,200 low-income youth in Nevada.