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Fitzgibbon Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar: Raffle-a-Month winners to be announced at bazaar Friday

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ticketholders in the Fitzgibbon Hospital Auxiliary "Raffle-a-Month" series will find out Friday if they won one of the big prizes.

The auxiliary's annual bazaar will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the First United Methodist Church New Life Center.

"The bazaar is an event our community has supported and looked forward to for many years," said event co-Chairwoman Rebecca Early. "This year, the auxiliary has revised the bazaar, adding to the tradition with exciting new booths, a new time and a move back to a date used previously -- the Friday before Thanksgiv-ing."

In addition, she and co-Chairwoman Shermaine Riggins have added the "Raffle-a-Month" project to build excitement and add to the anticipation of the bazaar.

The raffles included:

--Top Guns -- a selection of three firearms;

--A Girl's Best Friend -- a pair of 1 carat diamond stud earrings set in 14 carat white gold valued at $5,000 plus $1,000 cash;

--Come Out & Play -- a children's play package valued at $5,000;

--The Branson Escape -- a long-weekend get-away valued at $2,100;

--Mizzou Tigerific -- an assortment of Tiger items, including tickets to the Dec. 8 basketball game.

Winners of the in-house bazaar raffles will be drawn every 30 minutes during the evening, culminating with the Grand Finale Raffle Drawing around 7:30 p.m.

"This year's bazaar promises to be a fun and exciting event for the entire family," Early said. "The Bazaar will feature something for everyone -- a family fun festival where you can eat, shop, play and win."

The New Life Center at the church will be filled with booths, a bakery, food, a silent auction and a children's Christmas area with Santa.

The children's area will be an area where chairwoman Jennie Gupta, owner of Bedazzled Characters, has put together "a fantastic world of fun for children to enjoy while they are at the Bazaar," or while they are waiting for a picture with Santa, organizers said.

The area will feature Dora the Explorer, Spiderman, Minnie and Mickey Mouse and Cinderella entertaining the young ones.

There will also be face painting, a Spin-the-Wheel for prizes and snow cones.

The bakery booth will have fresh homemade baked items.

Springwater Greenhouse & Nursery owners Paula Gorrell and Sheri Hacker will have a display of wreaths, poinsettias and wreath- and bow-making classes.

Everyone is invited to sign up for these interactive classes. Slots will be available for 10 people in one hour classes: 4:30 p.m. -- wreath making; 5:45 p.m. -- bow making; and 7 p.m. -- wreath making.

There will be a fee of $5, and the cost of supplies for each class. Proceeds go to the auxiliary.

Organizers note that anyone interested in the classes should sign up at Springwater.

The Fitzgibbon Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop will also have a booth at the bazaar.

Organizers invite guests to start their holiday shopping there and help the auxiliary at the same time.

Ann Sullivan, of Columbia, will have a booth displaying her custom jewelry, including earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, from a variety of beads including pearls, glass, ceramic, stones and wood.

The Fitzgibbon Hospital Department will sponsor a silent auction, with proceeds going toward the Auxiliary's "Fitzgibbon Hospital Wish List" and Auxiliary Scholarship Fund.

This year the employees will once again have their theme-decorated baskets up for auction, starting at the hospital the week of Nov. 12, and then on display for "Silent Auction Bidding" at the bazaar so the entire community can participate.

The grand finale of the evening will be drawing for the raffle prizes.

All proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets and the Annual Fitzgibbon Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar will be used to further the mission of the auxiliary, which is to support scholarships for students and employees in healthcare related educational programs and the annual Fitzgibbon Hospital Department "Wish List" program.

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It never says you have to be present to win a raffle. Is that correct?

-- Posted by Pasta on Wed, Nov 14, 2012, at 1:38 PM
Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
I assume you're correct. In all the news releases we've received on the raffles, it has not been mentioned that winners have to be present.

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