The 2012 bazaar was designed to appeal to all ages, according to co-Chairwoman Rebecca Early.
For kids, beloved cartoon and fairytale characters roamed the room -- Snow White, Rapunzel, Winnie the Pooh and Dora the Explorer -- all provided by Jennifer Gupta.
Santa Claus was also on hand to visit with children about their Christmas wishes. There were games and snow cones available, too.
For adults, there was food, a silent auction, booths, craft classes, and of course, announcements of winners of the Raffle-a-Month prizes.
Auxiliary volunteer Kay Graves had the duty of calling winners who weren't present. She said when she called, Smith asked, "Did I win those earrings?" and when Graves indicated she had, "She screamed."
"I told her she won $1,000, too," Graves said. "I got another scream."
Smith was one of a number of people whose names were drawn in the new raffle program.
Brenda Christy, Mike Gremaud and Willie Harlow won firearms in the "Top Gun" raffle. Melanie Byer won the "Come Out and Play" raffle for a children's play house and furniture. Kathy Gupta of Lenexa won the "Branson Escape" raffle. Harold Thompson won the "MIZ-SEC Go Tigers" ticket and merchandise package.
If food consumption is any indication, the crowd was bigger than it had been in recent years. Olive Malter, serving stew toward the end of the evening, said organizers provided more chili than ever -- and it was gone by 6:30 p.m.
Graves noted that the church parking lot was full and cars lined the streets around the church from the time the event started at 4 p.m. until well into the evening.
"I think we've had a great turnout," Graves said.
Fitzgibbon Hospital President and CEO Ron Ott agreed.
"It exceeded all my expectations," he said.
Fitzgibbon Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar: Raffle-a-Month winners to be announced at bazaar Friday