By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: October 2010
Craft show coordinator Nancy Stanley and the ESA Alpha Rho Chapter in Broken Arrow will host the 38th annual Arts & Crafts Benefit Bazaar.
The 38th annual Arts & Crafts Benefit Bazaar, sponsored by the Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) Alpha Rho Chapter in Broken Arrow, will be held Saturday, October 23 at Oliver Middle School, 3100 W. New Orleans St. in Broken Arrow.
Through their annual Arts & Crafts Benefit Bazaar, the ESA Alpha Rho Chapter has donated more than $229,000 to philanthropic projects as of 2009. Recipients of these gifts include Broken Arrow Neighbors, Broken Arrow Meals on Wheels, Broken Arrow Public Schools, Parkview School for the Blind, Jane Brooks School for the Deaf, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Margaret Hudson Program, Neighbor for Neighbor, Clarehouse, A New Leaf, DVIS, Easter Seals, UMCOR, the American Heart Association, college and vo-tech scholarships, and local needy family assistance.
The 12,000 national members of Epsilon Sigma Alpha are constantly breaking fundraising records. In past years they have raised more than $130 million in cash and pledges for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Show admission is free, and there is always a good selection of hot food and beverages for sale at the concession stand, manned by members and friends of ESA. If you are interested in exhibiting at the bazaar, booth space is only $40 for an 8’x10’ booth, and electricity is available. Exhibitors donate 10 percent of gross sales to ESA to benefit local, regional and national charity organizations.
Exhibitors will be able to set up their booths beginning Friday, October 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Doors will also open to exhibitors at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning, October 23. The public will be admitted at 9 a.m., and the show will conclude at 5 p.m. Exhibit take down will begin immediately following the end of the show.
Charity groups are invited to exhibit in the show. Most of the charity exhibitors have something in their booths that is for sale. This year, the Hope for Heroes group will be exhibiting. This organization provides an opportunity so show honor and appreciation for our country’s service men and women. Epsilon Sigma Alpha members, friends, and others who are interested are encouraged to participate in a project or activity of Hope for Heroes as they provide support to service men and women who are stationed overseas. Visit their booth at the Arts & Crafts Benefit Bazaar to get ideas on how you and your friends, business, church, or community can make an impact by helping, supporting and honoring our troops.
Other groups that will have exhibits at the show are Blue Star Mothers – Broken Arrow Chapter, Broken Arrow Arts & Humanities Council, ESA Tulsa Area Council and other ESA chapters, Food 4 Kids, Broken Arrow Neighbors and the Food Bank.
According to craft show coordinator Nancy Stanley, “Our 2010 event is made up of crafters from many ethnic backgrounds. The crafts should have a huge range of appeal.” For any information about exhibiting or the show in general, please contact Nancy at (918) 251-0617 or by email at eat1@eau1eav1eaw1. Plan now for having a fun day with family and friends as you reach out to help so many others by attending the Arts & Crafts Benefit Bazaar on October 23.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.