Taos businesswomen host benefit pop-up boutique

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Las Comadres in Commerce, a group of local businesswomen, will host a Spring Pop-up Boutique that includes a raffle to benefit a local man with cancer, March 24 from 12-4 p.m. at The Body Shop in Cabot Plaza.

Approximately 15 business women will demonstrate their products available for purchase, including clothing, jewelry, skin care, cosmetics, health and wellness products, candles, and essential oils.

Each pop-up includes a raffle to raise money for a family chosen from our community. This spring event supports Josh Jones and his family. Gifts are donated by the vendors participating in the event, other Las Comadres in Commerce members and other local businesses who desire to help.

Every adult guest will receive one free ticket for attending and signing in. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each for the general drawings and $5 each for the grand praise drawing. All funds raised go to the family. The concession proceeds will be donated as well. Every vendor also makes a donation towards the chosen family.

The March event is the fourth Las Comadres in Commerce Pop-up Boutique since the group began. The first one was in March 2017 and was a fundraiser to help cancer patient Jerome Martinez and his family with medical expenses.

The second boutique was in August and was a fundraiser for a local family in need who remained anonymous. The third event was in December and was a fundraiser to help with the medical expenses of Cody Woolard, a young man badly injured by an alleged drunken driver.

"We host these events to help the ladies in our group build and strengthen our businesses as well as to help a person and family in need," said Kristen Rivera, one of the organizers, in a statement. "It is our aim to improve our community."

Rivera said Las Comadres in Commerce has grown to include nearly 100 female business owners from Northern New Mexico since the networking organization began three years ago. "We are working towards our official nonprofit status and should have that by the end of this month," Rivera said.

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