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Junior League of San Antonio drops Holiday Olé Market.

October 2, 2018

The Junior League’s Holiday Olé Market, often called the kickoff to the holiday shopping season, has been canceled.

It will be replaced by a benefit luncheon intended to offer attendees more networking opportunities.

Last year’s market was at the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, following several years at Freeman Coliseum, where attendance reportedly lagged.

“That was an indication that we need to make a pivot and that we need a way to better create an action pathway for San Antonio women,” said Christian Reed-Ogba, spokeswoman for the Junior League of San Antonio, sponsor of the event. “We’re very excited about what we have planned.”

Replacing the Olé Market on the Junior League calendar will be Casino for a Cause, which has been rescheduled for Nov. 2 at the Pearl Stable. A new event, a luncheon called Unstoppable Passion for a Purpose, will take place April 5 at the Convention Center. Jenna Bush Hager will be the featured speaker.

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Tickets to both events are available on the Junior League website, jlsa.org.

“The luncheon will be a great avenue for women to sit, network and share a great meal,” Reed-Ogba said. “More so than during a shopping event.”

Several vendors reached for comment expressed disappointment that the Olé Market is no more.

“We had a scheduling conflict last year and couldn’t participate,” said Varun Idnani, managing partner for the Longhorn Racing Academy in San Marcos. “So we arranged our schedule to accommodate this year’s event. But when we reached out to them a few weeks ago, they told us it had been canceled.”

Idnani said the gift cards he sold, good for fast-car driving experiences on race tracks and the open road, were one of the few gifts sold at the market geared primarily toward men.

Sarah Summers said she’s also going to miss the marketplace.

“People would come from all over the state and even Oklahoma and Louisiana to shop with us,” said Summers, the owner of the women’s clothing boutique The Gift Solution in Austin. “We made money, and it also went to support a good cause.”

Richard A. Marini is a features writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | rmarini@express-news.net | Twitter: @RichardMarini

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