She Shoe Swaps Sale Supports Shuswap Charities – Salmon Arm Observer

About 75 people were lined up before it even started.

Kathryn Vennard, who founded the She Shoe Swaps for a charity sale in honor of her late mother, said she was happy with the incredible attendance at the annual sale.

After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, She Shoe Swaps returned to Salmon Arm on September 18, this time outside the Brooke Downs Vennard LLP building.

Every year since 2012, people have donated almost new or slightly worn shoes, boots and bags, which are then organized for a sales event. Donors participate in raffles for prizes donated by local businesses, and a raffle for prizes such as designer bags is also part of the event. All proceeds are split equally between the SAFE Society and the Shuswap Community Foundation.

Vennard has an endowment fund at the foundation named in honor of his mother: Rosemarie’s Fund. She thanks her parents for instilling a strong sense of community in her.

“Mom volunteered for everything, she really loved the community and we wanted to do something to honor her. Being part of a community helps us all move forward. It’s a big part of why I do what I do.

Vennard said that without the amazing team of people who helped her organize this year’s event, she would be just a voice in nature.

“It’s not a one-person effort, it’s really an amazing team of women – and a few great guys too.”

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