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Fundraiser includes tea room, yoga, cocktails, live music and more.

November 12, 2011|By Candice Baker
  • YAS Fitness Owner Kimberly Fowler.
YAS Fitness Owner Kimberly Fowler. (Daily Pilot )

Ready, set, shop!

Local volunteers and philanthropists are hoping for a dazzling turnout at this year's Christmas Co. extravaganza, themed "A Home-Cooked Holiday."

It's the Newport Beach-based Junior League of Orange County, California Inc.'s largest annual fundraiser, Event Publicity Chairwoman Daphne Hart said.

More than 100 local and national exhibitors will be on hand, offering everything from handmade jewelry to cutting-edge knives to pet couture.

There's much more to the event than just shopping, although there will be shopping aplenty; a tea room will be set up for refined refreshments, and a series of special events will boast swoon-worthy appearances and goodie bags.

The first night of the four-day extravaganza opens with a gala themed "Meet Me under the Mistletoe," and features live music by the Tijuana Dogs and a deejay, along with cocktails, gourmet tastes, silent and live auctions, and more.

New this year is a talk and class the morning of Nov. 19 called the No Om Zone, given by YAS Fitness Centers founder Kimberly Fowler.

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"She has an incredible story," Hart said. "She's a triathlete and an attorney, and yoga helped her recover from brain cancer. She's going to talk about that, and how yoga compelled her to change her life."

The event will include an all-levels yoga session led by Fowler.

"We're really excited by the fact that people can hear from her and then really practice what she preaches — there are things about yoga that can help everybody," Hart said.

True to Christmas Co. form, the event will offer the first 100 people a fantastic yoga-related goodie bag, Hart added.

Also new this year, according to Hart, is a Girls' Night Out event, where early bird attendees will receive a gift bag valued at more than $450 for their $45 admission ticket. Goodie bags also will be distributed at select other events as well.

"People who come to the events are going to be walking away with gifts from the community," Hart said.

Funds raised are used for collaborative projects with several charities, including the Second Harvest Food Bank, Crittenton Services, Children's Hospital of Orange County, Olive Crest and the League's own projects and programs.

"This is the biggest fundraiser for the Junior League, so the money that's raised at the event goes to help the charities and organizations that the Junior League is already involved with," Hart said.

A programs committee narrows down beneficiaries each year based on votes by the League's membership.

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