October 26, 2014
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Holiday Bazaar raises $3,500 for Relay for Life team
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Judy Duhamel is all smiles as she stands beside the display of handcrafted gifts she made especially for the Team Raging Through the Ages Holiday Bazaar at Saint Robert Bellarmine Church.

Team Raging Through the Ages from the Johnston/North Providence Relay for Life hosted their annual Holiday Bazaar on Sunday, Nov. 18, in the basement of Saint Robert Bellarmine Church at 1804 Atwood Avenue.

“People were telling us how impressed they were with what we offered,” said Terry Novak, who serves as team captain. “We did as well; we made over $3,500.”

Novak and bazaar co-chairs Sandy Cerel and Karla Bisbano announced that the $3,500 would be divided between the team and the Food Pantry at Saint Robert Bellarmine Church.

“Saint Robert’s has done so much for our team,” said Novak, whose group has been the top team fundraiser for the local relay for the past two years. “The parishioners have been generous through all of our fundraisers and Father John [G. LaPointe] and the parish secretary Diane Mosca have been so accommodating and helpful.”

To show their appreciation, Team Raging Through the Ages wanted to do something for the church, which is seeing demands on their food pantry increase.

“More and more people are coming to the food pantry for help,” said Novak, who served as overall chairperson for the 2010 and 2011 Relay for Life. “It just made sense to split the profits between the two charities.”

Lorie DeVito, who serves as president of the Manton Seniors, said she was not surprised that the bazaar was a success.

“They have everything here. There’s food, baked goods and a variety of things for adult and children,” she said.

DeVito was especially glad to see activities for children because she brought her great-grandson Austin Wheeler along with her. There was a Duck Pond, Spin-the-Wheel and several other games for children, while adults enjoyed food from the concession, baked goods, raffles, a silent auction, handcrafted foods and upscale used items.

Carla Bisbano said her Team Raging Through the Ages teammates were thrilled to see a good turnout at Sunday’s event. She said the cause is something so many people want to support.

“We are a team of good friends who have come together for a common cause; to help those who battle cancer and support those have lost friends and family,” she said. “We thank the parishioners of St. Robert Bellarmine, the community and local businesses for always supporting our team to raise donations for Relay for Life.”


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