WESTFIELD- The Second Congregational Church raised $800 during its 4th annual Holiday Bazaar Nov. 2 at the church on Western Avenue.
The church’s Jennifer Thielen said the annual event features local artisans and vendors selling their work. The money that is raised each year goes towards the youth programs at the Second Congregational Church. The main programs are the annual weekend-long youth retreats in the winter as well as summer vacation bible school programs.
“We raised over $800 for the children and youth programming at Second Congregational Church, despite Western Avenue being in the state it was in,” said Thielen. “We had slower foot traffic than usual, but customers that did attend were very supportive.”
She said organizers are already planning a spring outdoor vendor event for next year. Some of the vendors and artisans that were there included B’s Laura’s Crafts, Magnabilities Jewelry, Tastefully Simple, and Highland Card and Gifts.
The church also sold hot soups and dishes in addition to a raffle and bake sale that contributed to the fundraising.
Each year, the fundraiser is dedicated to Bobbi Bard, a lifelong member of the Second Congregational Church in Westfield who contributed to its family ministries for most of her life.