The St. John Bazaar committee has been getting ready for its annual extravaganza which will take place this weekend, Sept. 15-16 at the KJT grounds.

The event is usually a fund-raiser for both the St. John Catholic Church and the St. John Catholic School but this year, due to some financial difficulty the school is working through, all proceeds will go toward the school in its efforts to reduce some of the debt that has been incurred during the past several years.

We are really excited that the proceeds from the event will help us move toward our common goal of helping the school. Our community has been encouraged to work together to ensure that the school is here for many years to come and I believe that this opportunity has drawn us all together and helped us come out even stronger,” said Chris Rebuck, principal of St. John High School.

One fund-raiser was held this past weekend at the VFW Hall where participants played bingo and the proceeds from the games and the kitchen were directed to St. John. The event was successful in bringing about 180 people to participate in the games and raising close to $3,000 for the school.

“We need to say a special thanks to the VFW members and workers who provided the facility and staff to help us with our fund-raising efforts. We really appreciate all that they’ve done to assist us,” he said.

Throughout the community, new opportunities have been presented to the school to provide assistance with its efforts, the latest being a partnership with Air Evac Lifeteam, which provides the emergency helicopter service at the Ennis Regional Medical Center.

“We are very excited to have had this opportunity presented to us, I think it will be a really good thing, not just for us, but for the community in general. For every membership that Air Evac receives, they will donate $10 to the school as well as have one of the helicopters on hand at the bazaar for people to look at and ask questions about. I believe this will be a great opportunity for us both,” Rebuck said.

The opportunity for Air Evac to get involved is something membership coordinator Michael Derfler feels is important to do for an organization that is going through a difficult time.

“It is important to me and to the organization to help out the communities we serve in any way we can. St. John has been a part of this community for a very long time and we hope that our efforts help to make sure that they continue to be,” he said.

For anyone that stops by the Air Evac booth at the bazaar and signs up, $10 of the membership fee will automatically go toward the school and any concerns or questions can be addressed at the same time.

“The great thing about this is even if someone picks up a brochure and takes it home to think about, if they do sign up later, the contribution will still be made to the school. It is a win-win situation for everyone. The school receives help and the community has our assistance if they every need it. Plus the fees we collect for services go back into training for emergency situations so our members receive the very best care we can offer,” Derfler said.

Other activities at the Bazaar include the ever popular doll booth, a live and silent auction, a super raffle, food, and lots of games, bounce houses and activities for the kids.

“We really work hard to make this a family event and we are sure that with the combination of past favorites and recent additions that this year's bazaar promises to be the best one yet,” Rebuck said.

The event is free to attend and everyone is welcome.