Holiday Bazaar raises $3,500 for Relay for Life team
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.
â€śPeople were telling us how impressed they were with what we offered,â€ť said Terry Novak, who serves as team captain. â€śWe did as well; we made over $3,500.â€ť
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.
â€śSaint Robertâ€™s has done so much for our team,â€ť said Novak, whose group has been the top team fundraiser for the local relay for the past two years. â€śThe 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.â€ť
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.
â€śMore and more people are coming to the food pantry for help,â€ť said Novak, who served as overall chairperson for the 2010 and 2011 Relay for Life. â€śIt just made sense to split the profits between the two charities.â€ť
Lorie DeVito, who serves as president of the Manton Seniors, said she was not surprised that the bazaar was a success.
â€śThey have everything here. Thereâ€™s food, baked goods and a variety of things for adult and children,â€ť 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 Sundayâ€™s event. She said the cause is something so many people want to support.
â€śWe 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,â€ť she said. â€śWe thank the parishioners of St. Robert Bellarmine, the community and local businesses for always supporting our team to raise donations for Relay for Life.â€ť