The last game has been put away, the booth have been taken down and organizers are finally getting some much needed rest after the St. John bazaar, which ran this past weekend.

Final tallies from the bazaar will not be available until the end of the week but things are looking up as the funds received from the live auction raised a record amount.

“It will take some time for us to get together and figure out how much we raised for the school overall, but just the live auction raised over $58,000. That amount is a record for the bazaar and we are excited to find out the final tally,” said Chris Rebuck, principal of St. John high school.

The event, which normally divides profits between the school and St. John Catholic Church, was solely dedicated to helping the school this year after officials announced prior to the beginning of the school year that it was having some financial hardships.

“The community and the event organizers need to be commended for their hard work and support. The community has been very good to us by showing up and supporting all of the fund-raising events we have had over the last several months. The event organizers have also made their mark by providing entertaining activities to help draw out the community. A lot of hard work has been out into this event and we are grateful to everyone for their help,” Rebuck said.

A crowd favorite this year was the addition of a partnership with Air Evac Lifeteam, which operates the mobile emergency service at Ennis Regional Medical Center.

“The Air Evac Lifeteam crew was able to land the helicopter at the bazaar both days and it drew a crowd. The kids loved it and it added to the excitement of the weekend,” he said.

The Air Evac Lifeteam also donated a portion of the fee members pay when they sign up for the service, which also was a hit.

“The partnership with Air Evac has been a good thing for us and we are working to continue that partnership in the future,” he said.

Funds raised from the event will be split between working to decrease the debt and also toward next year's operating expenses. The school will continue to hold various fund-raisers and special events as it continues to works toward financial stability.

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