About two weeks after the Boise International Market burned down, vendors are planning for the future, said Kari Randel, who organized a fundraiser for the organization.
The fundraiser that Randel helped organized brought in more than $54,000 for the nearly 20 vendors working at BIM. The money was split up evenly and distributed to the vendors Saturday afternoon, Randel said.
“It was really awesome. It was so great to see everybody with a smile on their face and a check in their hand and the future is looking bright,” she said about handing out the donation funds to vendors. “There were a lot of handshakes and a lot of hugs. A lot of relief.”
But the vendors are still working to get the BIM going again and set up temporary business spaces in the meantime, Randel said.
The vendor council and local supporters are putting on a fundraising event, called 4th Friday on the Bench, Sept. 25 to help vendors get their businesses back up-and-running.
The fundraising festival will go from 4 to 8 p.m. and have music, food and an auction, Randel said.