Businesswomen to help grads feel like princesses

Female-driven businesses will be showcased at next month’s All Things Girly Style and Pamper Party, where shoppers can peruse all manner of beauty and wellness products while also supporting students who cannot afford a grad outfit.

The June 5 event is to feature 25 local, independent vendors specializing in photography, fashion, accessories, makeup and more.

“It’s a lot of businesses that are geared towards women, whether it’s style, pampering or wellness,” co-organizer Nicole Sanderson said.

A $2-entrance fee combined with money collected in raffle draws will benefit the Cinderella Project, a volunteer-based charity that supplies youth in low-income situations with formal attire to wear to their graduation festivities.

“We would definitely like to raise about $1,000, more if possible,” said Sanderson, whose fashion accessory business often brings her to White Rock and Surrey from her home in Sidney on Vancouver Island.

Sanderson teamed up with Surrey resident Kathleen Smith-Fairweather – who owns a consignment store – to host the fundraiser, scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. at Sullivan Hall, 6306 152 St.

“We both have teenaged kids and know how important grad time is,” Sanderson said.

Sanderson said there are about 17 vendors signed up, and another 10 or so are still being sought.

For more information on participating, email her at

For further details on the event, and to learn more about the vendors, visit the All Things Girly Style and Pamper Party page on Facebook.