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St. John reports success for bazaar

After taking the past month to catch their breath, the St. John bazaar committee has tallied up the proceeds from the Sept. 20-21 event. Committee chairperson Larry Deagan said after all the bills were paid and loose ends were tied up, the net profit for the event was $48,066.
“We have been waiting for all of the bills from the event to come in before we announced the grand total, so we are happy to be able to share with the community how much their support helped us,” he said. “We have a wonderful community that has always stood behind us and this year was no different.”
The breakdown of how the funds will be spent includes aid for two children’s ministries.
With 45 percent of the funds ($28,809) going toward the casualty and liability insurance on the church buildings and the church workers compensation insurance, the remainder is being equally split between the Faith Formation program and Life Teen with each receiving $9,629.
Faith Formation is the program for children from Pre-K to age 12 to learn the fundamentals of the Catholic faith, while Life Teen is the continuation of that program for teens from age 13 through senior year in high school.
“We are very happy that those programs can benefit from the funds raised at the bazaar because they are important,” he said. “The children’s ministries help the kids learn more about their faith and help build a foundation for their adult life.”
While the bazaar had a record number of volunteers, with more than 400 people attributing to the success of the event, totals for the weekend were down. Deagan said the event had some serious competition with the Texas Motorplex while they hosted the O’Reilly Fall Nationals.
“Our event happened to fall on the same weekend as the races and a lot of people went to watch those,” he said. “We understand that people had prior commitments and we are happy with the success of our event.”
Deagan hopes everyone who contributed to the event – whether by way of time, talent, money or prizes – knows how much they are appreciated and what a difference their efforts made.
“We started preparations for the event a bit late but the support we had from volunteers and the community helped us make up time,” he said. “I’d like to personally thank everyone that helped out in any way. Things would not have gone as well as they did without your efforts.”
Even though the memories of last month’s event are still fresh in everyone’s mind, Deagan is already looking toward next year’s event. He strives to continually bring a better event to the community and keep what works.
“I have already started looking at planning next year’s bazaar,” he said. “I work all year long to make sure we put on the best event we possibly can. I do a lot of it via e-mail with volunteers but it is a big job and since I’m retired, I have time to do it. I can’t wait to start finalizing plans for next year’s event. It can only get bigger and better.”

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