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HollyDay Bazaar offers head start on holidays

Sgt. 1st Class Charles Duran shows his daughter, Natasha, how to shoot a rubber band gun, as his other daughter, Nyasia, shows her mother, Liz, a ping-pong shooter at one of the booths set up at the Fort Rucker Spouses Club Hollyday Bazaar last year. This year’s bazaar will be Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Yano Hall. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Sgt. 1st Class Charles Duran shows his daughter, Natasha, how to shoot a rubber band gun, as his other daughter, Nyasia, shows her mother, Liz, a ping-pong shooter at one of the booths set up at the Fort Rucker Spouses Club Hollyday Bazaar last year. This year’s bazaar will be Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Yano Hall. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Published: November 14, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (November 14, 2014) -- It’s that time of year again when decorations go up and people prepare for the holidays, and the Fort Rucker Community Spouses’ Club is offering a way for people to get a head start on their holiday shopping.

This year’s FRCSC HollyDay Bazaar will be Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Yano Hall, with an entry fee of $5 that benefits the spouses club to help people throughout the year, said Janna Bogert, FRCSC publicity chair.

People are sure to get their money’s worth as they shop more than 100 vendors for crafts, jewelry, furniture, antiques, toys, food and more, she said. There will also be a personal appearance from Santa, to whom children can write letters to while there, as well as live entertainment from children of Fort Rucker’s schools. And, the first 250 people will receive a free “Swag Bag” filled with goodies.

“Whether you are looking for holiday gifts, decor, retail therapy, or yummy treats, we have it all,” she said. “You really can’t beat guilt-free shopping when it’s for a good cause.

“The bazaar is a long-standing tradition that provides a day of fun and shopping, while raising money for a great cause, and that cause is supporting each other,” said Bogert. “The Fort Rucker Spouses’ Club is happy to be a part of this community and this is a small way for us to say thank you.”

The bazaar will also feature opportunity drawings throughout the day, and children 12 and under get in free, and all proceeds from the Bazaar will go directly into the FRCSC Community welfare and scholarship funds.

“Part of our mission statement is to develop a spirit of community responsibility, and through these funds we can reach out to the Wiregrass area,” said the publicity chair. “We participate in local projects that better the community for us all and we hope to inspire a few others along the way.

“The Fort Rucker Community Spouses’ Club provides us with opportunities for social, cultural, and creative pursuits while here at the home of Army Aviation,” she said. “The primary mission is to develop a spirit of community responsibility, and our volunteers gladly give of their time and talents to serve both the military and civilian community. The hundreds of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars raised result in grants to worthwhile charitable causes and scholarships for military spouses and high school students.”

During last year’s bazaar, about $17,000 was directed toward scholarships, and with the support of other contributors, 34 scholarships were awarded totaling over $48,000, said Bogert.

That’s why she said it’s important to support the spouses club, because without the support, many of the scholarships would not be available.

“You don’t want to miss out on the local children as they perform for us all and help us raise more for this community than we ever have before,” said Bogert.

For more information or to join the FRCSC, visit www.ftruckercsc.com.

This article was originally published at http://www.army.mil/article/138338/

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