57th Passavant Auxiliary Bazaar this weekend

By Nick Kovatch on November 11 at 1:32pm

You can get a head start on your Christmas shopping this weekend while helping a good cause.

Passavant Area Hospital is holding its 57th annual Auxiliary Bazaar Friday and Saturday.

Auxiliary co-chair Rosella Spreen says proceeds will help the hospital.

“The board has decided to put the proceeds, for probably the next two or three years, toward the purchase of a fully equipped paramedic vehicle for the emergency department,” says Spreen. “It’s going to cost around $95,000, so it’s going to take us more than one year to accomplish it.”

Festivities kick off Friday afternoon at 2:45.

Christmas Carols sung by Jacksonville High School students will welcome patrons as they walk into Passavant’s Main Lobby.

The gift gallery and several vendors will offer bazaar-goers whatever they need for Christmas. There will also be a pantry for baked goods and freezer foods.

Events Saturday include Breakfast with Santa, which starts at 9 a.m. The luncheon has been sold out.

Spreen says there are several raffles taking place at the Bazaar again this year.

“There’s a $1,000 cash ticket,” says Spreen. “There’s a 50/50 tickets which should be very valuable because we sell a lot of tickets; there’s toys for little girls and toys for boys; there’s fun and games for adults; there’s a Branson trip for two; there’s dinner with Ken Bradbury at Hamilton’s for up to 20 people; we have an Ipad, a Kindle, a NOOK, as well as several sports packages.”

The bazaar runs from 2:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.