By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
The Fort Hood Officers' Wives Club's Annual Holiday Bazaar bustled Saturday and Sunday at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center. The event raised money to give back to the community.
About 135 vendors, 75 volunteers, and 3,000 shoppers and browsers attended the bazaar Saturday at with more funneling through the doors to attend on Sunday, said Tonya Daniels, Fort Hood Officers' Wives Club's event chairwoman.
While the vendors got to keep the money they raised by selling their arts, crafts or antiques, the money obtained by selling the vendors a spot and tickets to get into the bazaar benefitted non-profits in the Greater Fort Hood community.
All the money the club raised goes to organizations that have asked for its support, Daniels said. The organizations vary from Boy Scouts to the Second Chance Animal Shelter.
"This year we have made as much in one day as we did during the entire weekend last year," Daniels said.
The goal of the club was to raise about $30,000, Daniels said. They raised that much before the bazaar opened Sunday.
The club also ran a café and a quilt raffle which raised more than $1,000.
The quilts were handed crafted by military spouses or military families, Daniels said.
The café was a sightly different take on a bake sale.
Vendors and shoppers were welcome to donate money for items baked by soldiers wives and their friends, said Bunny Graham, the club's committee chairwoman for the Holiday Indulgence Café. They also were welcome to sit at several tables in the café's corner.
"As a shopper last year, I thought it would be nice to have a place to sit down and enjoy my cookie," Graham said.
This allows them to take a break from shopping and looking at the vendors goods, Graham said.
More than 50 families helped to bake the treats. And during numerous times of the day the area was full of people drinking coffee donated from the Coffee Beanery and eating snacks, Graham said.
"It is a nice little fundraiser," Graham said. "I would have never of thought a bake sale could raise so much."
Vendors at the bazaar came from as close as Killeen to as far as Fort Polk, La.
Vendors like Vanessa Fennell, of Killeen, enjoyed the chance to display and sell her craft. Fennell makes what she calls "pillankees," a pillow and blanket rolled into one.
Through out the day she had seen numerous people and sold a number of her pillankees. She also enjoyed looking at the other crafts.
"There is so much to see, these are some crafty crafts," Fennell said. "I mean who would have thought a gourd would be so cute," she added pointing a vendors booth next to hers.
This weekend was the 27th year for the bazaar, Daniels said.
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