Christopher Burnett | Staff Writer
Fort Leavenworth Spouses Club’s annual holiday bazaar Nov. 19 at the old MacArthur Elementary School featured 90 vendors that included crafters, various entrepreneurs, food trucks, a local artist performing live music and a visit from Santa Claus.
“We had a total of 655 paying adults who attended. That doesn’t include the kids who attended with their parents,” said FLSC President Kimberley Williams. “We made a total of $10,881 profit, which will go into our community assistance account for awarding scholarships and community assistance grants. That is an increase of $2,602 from last year.”
The event was supported by more than 50 volunteers.
“We have such an amazing group that I only simply need to ask them,” said Denisse Findlay, FLSC volunteer coordinator.” As soon as we put out the word that we needed members and volunteers to support the bazaar, many people came forward to help.”
Williams said that the success of the event was the result of a total team effort by FLSC members and the Fort Leavenworth community.
“Andi Janoe is our special events coordinator this year. She has been in charge of getting vendors, organizing the details of the event and the overall details of putting our holiday bazaar together. However, if it weren’t for our volunteers this wouldn’t be happening,” Williams said.
FLSC is a private, non-profit, social organization and charitable club. Williams said club members consistently initiate and engage in projects to improve the quality of life on Fort Leavenworth. Among their activities the club creates educational, creative and cultural opportunities by producing various functions throughout the year. FLSC uses proceeds from all of its fundraising events to help others in the form of community assistance grants and scholarships for college.
Among the vendors were students, Luella Madison and Annelise Elder, who were representing the Odyssey of the Mind program in support of their schools.
“We are taking donations as people walk by and letting them know that we are also raising money at our FLSC booth inside selling concessions and (Christmas) ornaments,” said Luella, a ninth-grader at Patton Junior High School. “Teams use creativity to solve given problems that range from building machines to interpreting literary classics.”
Annelise, a sixth-grader and member of Odyssey of the Mind program at Eisenhower Elementary School, added, “The funds we raise here also help provide supplies.”
A poster displayed at the bazaar showed where funds raised last year went to support several on-post and off-post community organizations and scholarships. Other publicity efforts that contributed to the success of the event emphasized that FLSC’s focus and purpose is on community outreach, community assistance and providing scholarships.
Page 2 of 2 - “Our website will contain the latest application form,” Williams said. “We accept and look to provide support to all eligible organizations and how they impact the community. The selection process includes a committee that does all of the background research and how those funds should be dispersed. Then a recommendation is given to the FLSC board as to who should receive funds.”
Visit the FLSC website for application and organization information at http://www.fortleavenworthspousesclub.org/.