First annual craft, vendor fair for NICK Foundation to be held Sunday

2013-10-18T17:30:00Z First annual craft, vendor fair for NICK Foundation to be held SundayMelissa Garcia | Times Correspondent
October 18, 2013 5:30 pm  • 

SCHERERVILLE | The First Annual Craft & Vendor Fair Benefitting the Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation (NICK) will be held on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Halls of St. George, 905 E. Joliet St., Schererville.

“The NICK Foundation provides support for local families both emotionally and financially, as well as raises funds for badly needed pediatric cancer research,” said Donna Criner, founder of NICK. “The foundation has experienced tremendous growth in the last 18 months but this is not necessarily a good thing because it means that more children in our community are being diagnosed,” she explained. “But we continue to be blessed by the support of our community,” Criner added.

The family-friendly event will feature more than 60 booths of unique crafters and vendors, kid’s activities and games, food, raffles and entertainment. Be sure to check out the magic show at Noon and 3 p.m. A gold/silver/jewelry buyer will be onsite giving cash on the spot for these items and will contribute 30% to the NICK Foundation. Proceeds will help fund the programs of the NICK Foundation.

“I am a mother of a six-year-old child with stage four Neuroblastoma,” said Jenna Dokulil. “When I found out my child's diagnosis, I was and am still devastated,” she explained. “The NICK Foundation has provided our family not only with support, kindness, and donations, but also the guidance to help us fight our fight. Donna goes above and beyond to help families when help is needed most,” Dokulil added.

“The October 20th vendor fair is something we have wanted to do for quite some time,” Criner said. “We are so grateful to B & B Custom Events for the amount of participation they have gathered,” she added. “This event will not only help us raise funds to continue supporting our growing list of families and spread childhood cancer awareness, but also give our supporters and the general public a perfect opportunity to begin shopping for the holidays.”

“Our son Liam lost his battle to cancer and earned his wings this past January,” said Sara Wuenn. “During our cancer journey, The NICK Foundation helped us financially and we were also grateful to receive gift donations for Christmas when we weren't sure how we were going to put food on the table,” she added. “NICK has continued to support our family through the stages of grief when many continue on about their own busy lives and we have been able to network with people who have experienced situations similar to ours,” Wuenn added. “None of this would have been possible without the ongoing activities made possible by donations and fundraisers such as this craft and vendor show.”

A $1 minimum donation is requested upon entry for attendees 18 & over. For more information, please contact Suzie Blissmer at (219) 689-2162 or Jessica Buikema at (219) 805-5242 or email or visit for more information.

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