Saturday Craft Festival Supports Sexual Assault Survivors

Artists of all kinds will convene in Sterling tomorrow to raise awareness and money in support of sexual assault victims.

The inugurial Craft & Vendor Festival, hosted by event management company Venutec Events, will be held in the parking lot of Cascades Auto Body from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Sexual Assault Survivors and Supporters, a new nonprofit.

“Venutec Events believes in giving back to the community and helping out,” said Director of Videography Hanna Kras. “Each of our events is connected to a charity or nonprofit of some sort.”

Artists from across the region will flood the parking lot to sell everything from silk flower arrangements to handmade jewelry and custom-designed clothing.

Festivalgoers can also enjoy live music from an array of local bands as they shop around.

Other organizations represented will include the Loudoun County YMCA and Friends of Guest House, a local nonprofit aimed at helping women re-enter society after incarceration.

Park View High School’s band and choir will also be on site washing cars to raise money for the school’s booster club.

Although this is the first craft and vendor festival Venutec has put on, it isn’t the first event it’s ever run.

In June, the company worked with Operation Renewed Hope Foundation to hold a comedy night in support of homeless veterans.

Venutec hopes this weekend’s festival will gain even more support for next year.

“We are hopeful that this will turn into an annual [event],” Kras said.

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