Cal Poly Pomona’s Staff Council is responsible for putting on events throughout the year in hopes of gaining recognition for the university’s staff members. On May 9, the Staff Council held their third annual Spring Boutique, where various vendors sold their merchandise.
“The Staff Council is here for the staff [and] a lot of the functions we hold are for the staff,” said Staff Council President, Rachel Dominguez.
As its mission statement suggests, Staff Council’s main purpose is to support the staff members of CPP
“[The Spring Boutique] is a fundraiser for our council,” said Dominguez. “We not only have many [outside] vendors participating, but also a lot of staff members as well who are promoting their own businesses.”
Boutique vendors present at the event included Damsel in Defense, Ribbon Fairy, Cookie Lee, Origami Owl and Sarah’s Jewelry designs.
Rosie Pasos, a Staff Council member, was the chair of the Third Annual Spring Boutique and also a vendor during the event, selling Mary Kay Cosmetics.
“Our goal was to do better this year by having not only more vendors, but also more sales for the vendors,” said Pasos.
Many students also took pleasure in the Spring Boutique.
“I usually don’t have a lot of time to go shopping, [so] I really liked how they brought this type of event to campus,” said Carolina Aguilar, a fourth-year kinesiology student.
Lyric Alvarez, a third-year apparel merchandising and management student, shared similar thoughts.
“As soon as I saw the jewelry, I thought about Mother’s Day,” said Alvarez. “I like these types of events because they give me something different to do in between classes.”
According to Pasos, the Spring Boutique was started by just two members: herself and Dominguez. However, the number of vendors interested in particpating quickly multiplied.
“We had a network group already created,” said Pasos. “This allowed us to meet a lot of vendors.”
Eventually, Pasos and Dominguez were capable of joining up with these various vendors, ultimately leading to the creation of the annual Spring Boutique fundraiser.
“Over the course of the past three years, each annual Spring Boutique has improved,” said Pasos, as she admired the event’s successful turnout. “We have been learning as we go.”
With each passing year, not only has the number of vendors increased, but also the number of customers as well.
“People are now becoming more familiar with the event … and more motivated to [attend] it,” said Pasos.
The Spring Boutique also featured an opportunity drawing, which allowed attendees the chance to win prizes that were donated by the vendors.
The money collected during this event will be put to good use.
“The funds raised from [the Spring Boutique] will go toward future events for the staff,” said Dominguez.
Some of Dominguez’s ideas for future events included fun and interactive summer programs such as Zumba classes.