Roomie's Merry Market now accepting vendors


Thursday, September 22, 2022 Roomie's Merry Market
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Southeastern’s Lion Up Recovery program is inviting vendors to participate in a Christmas market fundraiser. Roomie’s Merry Market will take place in the Pennington Center Nov. 12, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
     Funds raised at this event will support scholarships for students returning to college after transitioning into recovery from substance misuse or eating disorders. Southeastern’s Lion Up Recovery program has been in place since 2018.
     Through her work with the Hammond Junior Auxiliary, Lion Up Recovery Program Director Annette Baldwin started a Christmas Market in 2017. When the Junior Auxiliary elected not to host the event this year, Baldwin saw an opportunity to continue on the success of the event and its fundraising potential.
     “Students who are in recovery have often exhausted funding that would otherwise have been used for college,” Baldwin said. “Scholarships help them complete their education and become professionals in recovery. This program is not only helpful for them to regain their footing as students.”
     In addition to scholarships, Lion Up Recovery provides opportunities for students to participate in sober activities and meet others who are practicing recovery. Baldwin says that engagement is important to all students, and having like-minded individuals around them is essential to their success.
     Those interested in vending at Roomie’s Merry Market should visit to fill out an application by Sept. 30. Shoppers should mark the calendar for Nov. 12.

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