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New Sip and Shop fundraiser to benefit Rays of Hope - A less stressful holiday shopping experience

November 19, 2015
Rays of Hope logo

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be so stressful.

At least, not when you’re browsing the first Rays of Hope “Sip & Shop” Extravaganza to be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at La Quinta Inn & Suites on 100 Congress St. in Springfield.

The first-time holiday fundraiser for the Rays of Hope will feature more than 20 vendors selling a variety of handmade items and specialty foods such as handbags, hand-painted ties and scarves, cooking utensils, metal artwork, Christmas ornaments, engraved wooden items, create-your-own home fragrance, organic herbs and aroma therapy teas and more. Food vendors will include Tastefully Simple and Pop’s Biscotti & Chocolates. There will also be Rays of Hope items for sale, including hand-painted wine glasses.

The first 100 shoppers through the door, entrance fee is $10, will receive a silver quilted tote bag with the Rays of Hope logo and a yummy signature cocktail to sip on while shopping. There will also be a cash bar.

Since its inception in 1994, Rays of Hope has been helping women and men in the fight against breast cancer by walking alongside them on their cancer journey. Through the Baystate Health Breast Network, Rays of Hope cares for the whole person from diagnosis and beyond by supporting research at the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research, providing funding for state-of-the-art equipment, breast health programs and outreach and education throughout Baystate Health, as well as providing grants for complementary therapies and cancer programs to their community partners.

For more information on the Sip and Shop, call Barb Turcotte at 413-794-7737 or Michelle Graci and 413-794-4654.

For more information on Baystate Health visit or for more information on the Rays of Hope visit