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Rejuvenated Fitzgibbon Auxiliary Bazaar exceeds expectations

Monday, November 19, 2012

From left, Donna Smith, winner of the "Girl's Best Friend" raffle, with Kay Graves of Fitzgibbon Auxiliary Bazaar. Smith won a pair of diamond earrings and $1,000 cash.
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Organizers set out to return the Fitzgibbon Hospital Auxiliary Bazaar to its former glory, and there was a sense Friday evening at First United Methodist Church New Life Center that a great stride had been made in that direction.

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.

From left, Clayton Butner, Santa Claus and Mary Alice Butner. The children visited Santa at the Fitzgibbon Auxliary Bazaar Friday, Nov. 16.
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Donna Smith won the "Girls Best Friend" raffle, a pair of diamond earrings valued at $5,000 plus $1,000 cash.

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.

Miguel and Vanessa Velasquez play a game at the Fitzgibbon Auxiliary Bazaar Friday, Nov. 16.
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All these activities helped attract a good crowd to the bazaar.

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.

Contact Eric Crump at ecrump@marshallnews.com

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