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Get your holiday shopping started (and possibly finished!) early at the 40th ­annual Arts & Crafts Benefit Bazaar on October 27.

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2012

Arts & Crafts Benefit Bazaar co-chair Nancy Stanley, crafter Debra Jackson, and co-chair and Alpha Rho Chapter President Linda Jones.

Arts & Crafts Benefit Bazaar co-chair Nancy Stanley, crafter Debra Jackson, and co-chair and Alpha Rho Chapter President Linda Jones.

We all say it every time the ­holidays approach – “I’m going to avoid the stress and traffic of last-minute shopping at the mall during December and finish my gift list early this year.” Unfortunately for many, these end up being empty words. But they don’t have to be! Make plans to attend the 40th annual Arts & Crafts Benefit Bazaar, sponsored by the Broken Arrow Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) Alpha Rho Chapter. The event takes place Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clarence Oliver Middle School, 3100 W. New Orleans (101st St.) in Broken Arrow. Admission is free.

    The Arts & Crafts Benefit Bazaar will feature a wide variety of items from more than 100 vendors. You’ll find clothing and accessories, home décor items, blankets and pillows, stained glass, knitted items, woodwork, Native American art, paintings, seasonal items, stationery, pet treats, pottery and ceramics, and food including soup, fudge and baked goods. The bazaar will also feature a used book sale.

    “The variety and creativity of the handmade items our crafters create is amazing,” says event co-chair Nancy Stanley. “It’s fun to see how each crafter can make one item so differently. One of our returning crafters, Debra Jackson, is a great example of that.”

    Debra’s line of crafts, Kidz Kreationz, includes T-shirts, keepsake boxes, pillows, ­children’s footstools and more. She also began making Christmas ornaments last year. “I’ve been crafting for about six years, and as I continue to grow, I use different mediums and expound on my creativity,” says Debra. Be sure to stop by Debra’s booth for some ­wonderful gifts to whittle down your holiday list.   

    Proceeds from the Arts & Crafts Bazaar will benefit a ­number of charities. Since the bazaar began, the Alpha Rho Chapter has raised over $240,000 for local, state and international philanthropic ­projects. Beneficiaries include Broken Arrow Neighbors, Broken Arrow Meals on Wheels, Broken Arrow Public Schools, Parkview School for the Blind, Jane Brooks School for the Deaf, college and vocational school scholarships, local needy family assistance, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Margaret Hudson Program, Clarehouse, Easter Seals, and Hope for Heroes. “A number of these charities rely very heavily on our support, and that’s one of the reasons our benefit bazaar is so important,” says Nancy.

    Concessions will be available at the bazaar. A raffle will be held throughout the day for items donated by crafters. Raffle proceeds will benefit Clarehouse and the Margaret Hudson Program, and raffle tickets are $1 each.

For more information, contact

ESA Alpha Rho Chapter

(918) 251-0617


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Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.

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