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Bazaar shops open Sept. 30

Posted 9/21/2011   Updated 9/22/2011 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Justin Weaver
31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

9/21/2011 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- One of the largest and most diverse on-base shopping events of the year kicks off Sept. 30 to Oct 2 at Hangar 3. The Bella Befana Bazaar, hosted by the Aviano Officers and Civilian Spouses Club, showcases more than 90 vendors from England, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Italy and Belgium.

"Not only is it a one-stop shopping experience to get things from far away and beyond, but the revenue that comes in goes back to the surrounding community in the way of donations and scholarships," said Domenica Watkins, Bazaar Committee Chair. "Proceeds also enable the AOCSC to host a variety of other events, such as the Christmas Cottage, Airman Cookie Drive and decorating La Bella Vista Club for Christmas."

Proceeds from the bazaar have enabled the spouses' committee to give back more than $80,000 each year in scholarships, awards and other philanthropic contributions. For those looking to grab a quick bite during their shopping spree, squadron and private organizations will have food kiosks available with everything from hotdogs and chili cheese fries, to ethnic dishes and breakfast burritos.

"The Bazaar would not be possible without several other organizations on base, such as the 31st Force Support Squadron and the 31st Civil Engineer Squadron," Watkins added. "Each squadron and volunteer involved helps make the bazaar a success and they are greatly appreciated."

The committee counts on volunteers each year to help make the bazaar a success. Volunteers receive special incentives for helping out during the bazaar. To volunteer, email bellabefana@gmail.com or stop by the Exchange lobby from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily to signup. For more information, visit www.aocsc.com.

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