By Sue Wambolt, Contributing Writer
Westborough – Lyn Evans Shotkus, founder of Lyn Evans Potpourri Design, 30 Lyman St., considers it her mission to not only serve her customers, but to also serve the communities in which her stores reside. “Doing well by doing good” is one of the core values of her company and one which her employees take to heart, giving back to the community through a combination of fundraisers, fashion shows and other charity events throughout the year.
The staff at the Lyn Evans location in Westborough, along with owner Lyn Evans, all own dogs that were rescued from area shelters including the Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton, Inc., 5 Rafferty Road, Hopkinton. In support of Baypath, Lyn Evans Potpourri Design started the Baypath Humane Society fundraiser four years ago and will be holding their annual “Paws for a Cause” event Thursday, March 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. The fundraiser, which will be held at the Westborough store, will offer food and drinks as well as a raffle and a silent auction featuring items donated by various local businesses. There will also be a few puppies available for adoption. The event is open to the public.
In addition to the Baypath fundraiser, Lyn Evans supports organizations such as the American Heart Association and The Julie Fund Gala, along with many other local groups including garden clubs and parent organizations. One of their most successful ideas, said Heather Vicidomino, store manager, is hosting “Girls Night Out” where a hostess and her guests enjoy an evening of fashion, food and fun after which the store donates a percentage of the evening's “take” to the hostess's favorite charity or organization.
“We have wonderful, loyal customers who make our business successful,” Vicidomino said, “and, quite simply, we enjoy being able to help bring attention and awareness to the causes that touch their lives.”
Vicidomino said that being able to fundraise for nonprofits and other organizations is “quite fulfilling” and added that Lyn Evans and her employees are always inspired by the personal stories and experiences surrounding these worthy causes.
To learn more about Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs visit http://lynevans.com.