Bazaar offers holiday fun for a good cause
Sgt. Ted E. Bear puts on his Fort Rucker Community Spouses Club T-shirt to get ready for the upcoming Hollyday Bazaar. This year's bazaar will be Dec. 1 at Yano Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (November 21, 2012) -- The time for holiday decorations and presents approaches and the Fort Rucker Community Spouses' Club offers a good opportunity for people to get ready for the upcoming gift-giving season.

The FRCSC Hollyday Bazaar will be Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Yano Hall, and for $5 admittance people can help a good cause while shopping for gifts, crafts and food, according to Andrea Merrigan, FRCSC Hollyday Bazaar co-chairperson.

"The Hollyday Bazaar is essentially a craft bazaar that we've held for more than 45 years," she said. "It's our largest fundraiser and there will be more than 65 vendors, bake sales, raffles and even a Santa Clause for children to take pictures with."

People can expect to see a wide variety of holiday crafts and d├ęcor, jewelry and some home-based businesses at the event while getting into the holiday spirit with a performance by the Fort Rucker Primary School First Grade Chorus, said Merrigan.

The chorus will begin performing at 11 a.m. and this is the first time the children have performed at the bazaar. Along with enjoying the choir, Merrigan said people can also enjoy a gift wrapping station that will be taking donations to wrap gifts.

There are many reasons to hold an event like the bazaar, but the Spouses' Club's purpose is one of community service.

"Our primary mission is to develop a spirit of community responsibility," said Merrigan. "This event supports the community and supports Fort Rucker's Spouses' Club. We also provide opportunities for social, cultural and creative pursuits."

Merrigan said events like the bazaar have helped the Fort Rucker Spouses' Club and other organizations raise and distribute more than $133,000 in scholarships to military Family members and students in the community over the past nine years.

According to the website,, FRCSC along with other organizations helped award $17,400 in college and continuing education scholarships to local military Family members in 2012.

Although raising money for the community is the organization's primary mission, the club provides a place for military spouses to feel at home.

Merrigan said the Spouses' Club also holds monthly luncheons and social events to bring the spouses together, and that the organization has given her a place to feel comforted in the sometimes stressful military Family life.

"Being in the Spouses' Club has been a wonderful experience for me and it's the main place that I've been able to meet some really close friends," said Merrigan. "Since spouses typically bounce from post to post, it's nice to be able to come to an installation and know you can join the spouses' club and meet people in the same situation, and immediately get involved in the community."

For more information on the Hollyday Bazaar or how to join the FRCSC, visit

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