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St. John plans bazaar

It’s business as usual for the St. John Bazaar committee as they prepare for the annual fundraiser that is now less than a month away. Business as usual means busy.
Committee Chairperson Larry Deagen says volunteers are busy organizing an event he hopes will help the community gather together and focus on having a good time after a long and eventful summer.
The planning process for the bazaar started a bit late, which has caused the super raffle to be cancelled for this year, but given the late start things are shaping up to form a very successful bazaar.
“With the issue regarding the school and everything else going on, things were somewhat in limbo and we started planning late, but we have made record progress and are now ahead of schedule,” Deagen said. “Not having the super raffle this year has allowed us to focus more on the remaining aspects of the bazaar and I’m thankful for how everything is coming together.”
Deagen attributes the record progress to the more than 300 volunteers who have signed up to do their part to make sure the event is successful.
“I have a great committee and a bunch of people who want to work together to see this event be as successful as possible and I think that their efforts will be obvious when the community attends the bazaar,” he said.
The bazaar, which will be held Sept. 20-21, will benefit two specific areas the parish wants to take care of. The majority of the funds raised will pay the 45 percent down payment on the liability insurance at a cost of $31,522.50 and the remainder of the funds raised will benefit various children’s ministries throughout the parish.
With the exception of the super raffle, Deagen says the bazaar will have all the tried and true favorites and a few new games for the kids. As well as the various game booths and crafts, community members will be happy to hear that the famous gorditas will, as always, be available.
“We couldn’t have a bazaar without the gorditas and all the other goodies the crowds come to find,” he said. “Some of the people that prepare food for the bazaar have been doing so for years and have acquired quite a following, so they will be setting up for sure.”
While the community continues to move past having the closing of the parish school, Deagen hopes they will take the opportunity to come out and have a good time.
“It is a great community activity that the whole family can enjoy, I hope everyone will make an effort to come out and support a wonderful cause,” he said. “I think it is important to contribute to the children’s ministries and continue the work our parish is known for.”
For more information on the bazaar, contact the church business office at 972-878-2834. Tickets for the general raffle and the student raffle may be purchased from any parish member. A live auction will also be held on the second day of the bazaar.

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