By Jan Anderson, Director of Spiritual Care
Bayview’s Fourth Annual Holiday Bazaar was held in late November 2016. Led by a resident Bazaar Committee of twelve people co-chaired by Dottie Neufeld and Helen Marshall (image) with staff support, this year’s “Hard-Hat” Bazaar and Bake Sale was scaled back in size and targeted for in-house participation and sales only due to onsite construction. Resident crafters, needleworkers, organizers, artists, “treasure collectors” and other volunteers began working in late summer. The committee nominated local non-profits as potential recipients of bazaar proceeds, and selected the Queen Anne Food Bank as chosen charity for 2016. The executive director (image center) of the food bank was invited to make a presentation at Bayview to publicize and acquaint our community with its work.
The Bazaar event was, as previously, an enjoyable and festive time for all who volunteered or shopped, with the proceeds totaling in excess of $3400—a remarkable feat given the intentionally smaller size of the event! A check was presented to a QAFB representative invited to join the committee at lunch in January 2017.
The goals of the bazaar were successfully met once again in 2016: not only to benefit a worthy charity in our neighborhood of Seattle, but to promote community-building among our residents and to help new residents to find a “point of entry” into this community and the friendships and activities it provides.