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Fashion event, craft fair to benefit Watertown Urban Mission

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The Watertown Urban Mission wants to help people in need, while helping others find affordable holiday gifts.

Development Director Andrew G. Mangione said the agency seeks to achieve both during the next couple of weeks, as it readies for events to benefit its programs.

“Some people who are helped at the mission are helped regularly,” he said. “We (also) see spikes of need during the summer and holiday seasons.”

Not only is the mission hosting its annual Impossible Dream Thrift Store Christmas Shop from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until Dec. 7 at the mission, 247 Factory St.; it’s also gearing up for its annual craft fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St.

On Sunday, throughout the first and second floors of the State Office Building, there will be 54 craft vendors, whose products include hand-knit sweaters, ornaments, sewing and embroidery items, ceramic pottery, wood crafts, sports memorabilia, handmade jewelry, homemade chocolate, soaps and skin-care products, dog treats, baked goods and gift baskets, among other crafts. The mission will have a booth where, in exchange for a donation, customers can get their gift wrapped.

The “Mission for Urban Mission” benefit fashion-boutique event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Black River Valley Club, 131 Washington St. At the event, which will be co-hosted by the Tri-County Women’s Council of Realtors and Suzanne Timerman, people will be able to browse and purchase designer shoes, handbags, clothing and accessories. Clothes can be tried on before purchase.

Ms. Timerman is a Watertown native who resides in Greenwich, Conn. She is a former owner of a fitness facility there and is a personal trainer to the rich and famous. Mr. Mangione said when the Tri-County Women’s Council of Realtors approached the mission about doing a benefit fashion show, details fell into place as the event evolved into the Mission for Urban Mission.

Ms. Timerman said she wanted to give back to the community that has meant so much to her, so she reached out to her clients and friends who donated new and gently used designer handbags, shoes, clothing and accessories. “A lot still have tags on them,” she said via cellphone Monday from Connecticut.

Prices will range from $1 to $50, she said, but extra donations will be welcomed. Cash and checks will be accepted. All proceeds benefit the mission.

For more information about mission programs and events, visit its website, www.watertownurbanmission.com.

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