BOTTEGA CHRISTMAS MARKET IN SUPPORT OF KARIS SUPPORT SOCIETY
NOVEMBER 26 & 27 / 11am – 5pm
The Bo.ttega Christmas Market celebrates six years of bringing artistic expression, community and philanthropy together. The Bo.ttega Christmas Market in support of Karis Support Society takes place on November 26th & 27th from 11 AM to 5 PM. Held at the beautiful Bo.ttega Farm Inn, the festive market promises to inspire warm holiday memories and traditions. More than 50 artisans, many new to the market, will display their work for the community to purchase.
As families stroll through the market, they will be able to purchase unique gifts or decorations, participate in special activities for the children and enjoy lots of treats. This year, Karis Support Society will be hosting a Crepe Bar and Smoky Stand.
The entrance fee is a minimum $3 donation to the Karis Support Society in benefit of their Counselling Program. Karis Support Society contributes to genuine social transformation in the Okanagan Valley by providing a safe home, support throughout recovery, and life skills development for women and women with children struggling with life altering addictions and mental health conditions. Karis helps individuals recognize the potential of their life, supports them in their recovery and restores them to society where they can make meaningful contributions.
Thanks to the fine folks at Disney who just donated a few computers, we now have a computer lab here at Karis. It was an incredible gift and has allowed for the women to have a place to write resumes, research, and play some games. We’re very grateful.
Bottega Farm hosted the fifth annual charity Christmas Market on Saturday, November 28th & Sunday, November 29th with all proceeds going towards Karis. A total of $16,500 was raised and we are so honoured to have such a great event helping our organization.
Over the two days, the festive market featured over 50 of the Okanagan’s finest artists & crafters including some of our very own Karis artists selling crafts and artwork.
Thanks to everyone who helped participate and we’ll see you next year!
Celebration is part of Karis’s DNA. Recovery is challenging, so we observe every milestone by celebrating with enthusiasm. We have fun commemorating birthdays and observing holidays, but the most ardent celebrating happens when women achieve every hard-won step in the recovery journey, including daily goals.
Our favourite day of the year takes place on an ordinary day in July. On that day, we gather together with family and supporters to recognize every step of courage and resilience from the year before. The day is full of all kinds of artistic expression. We laugh and we cry as women share spirited stories of overcoming years of sorrow and heartache.
Stories like Mehgan’s. Overwhelmed by loneliness and shame, Meghan languished in a dark place of addiction and despair that prevented her from having a meaningful relationship with her children and grandchildren. After a courageous family intervention, Meghan was moved to take small steps toward facing her addiction. Each victory helped her believe that she could be accepted and that hope could prevail. Last July we celebrated with Mehgan and her children her second year of positive steps forward in recovery and the joy of life with her grandchildren.