Kingwood Women’s Club has canceled its popular Holiday Marketplace – which draws thousands of shoppers and raises over $100,000 for local charities in October – because of the coronavirus.

“We saw too many potential public health issues for shoppers and vendors that would attend. But at the same time, we are deeply saddened at having to announce such a popular Lake Houston tradition won’t be held this year,” said the club’s president, Ellie Csengery.

The marketplace, which started two decades ago, has been canceled only once before when Hurricane Harvey in 2017 drenched 16,000 homes and 3,000 businesses.

But the 150-member club is exploring alternatives for holding a different event next spring.

“We are solidifying our plans and will provide more details later,” Csengery said. “This is one way our group can give back to our community, along with the many hours of volunteering we do with local nonprofit organizations.”

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