St. Joseph Bazaar 'big hit'

The annual St. Joseph School Bazaar was again a huge success, with Kenny Hess of Wynne the grand prize raffle winner of a 2013 Dodge Challenger.

The event began Thursday and concluded on Saturday evening at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Conway.

“The bazaar was, once again, a big hit,” said Nicole Rappold, development director at St. Joseph Catholic School.

Approximately 325 people attended the “Wild, Wild Auction” event on Saturday night with opportunities to bid on live and silent auction items. At the end of the evening, the names of the raffle winners were selected.

Other raffle winners were:

  • Second prize – 50-inch TV: Sandy Parks from Greenbrier.
  • Third prize – Ruger .270 rifle: Paul Payne from Jacksonville.

Winners in other raffles:

Bulldog Tuition Raffle

  • $2,500 Tuition Credit – John Ferrari.
  • $250 Book Bill Credit – Matt Mallett.
  • Beats Headphones – Candy Frost.

Raffle Row

  • $500 Cash  – Trisha Moix.
  • $250 Strain Gift Certificate – Keith Rowe.
  • Sterling Silver Slide Bracelet – Trisha Moix.
  • Cooler Filled with beverages – Margaret Martin.
  • Ultimate Deer Stand – Wayne Pavan.

Jaison Sterling photo

The first bazaar took place in 1912 when the School Sisters of Notre Dame sold needlework to the parishioners to purchase school supplies for the St. Joseph Grade School.

“The bazaar has been a tradition at St. Joseph for over 100 years, and it would not be a continual success without all the volunteers, business sponsors and community support,” Nicole said. “The bazaar is the major fundraiser for our school. It is through this event and other fundraising efforts that we are able to move forward, producing the future Christian leaders of the community.”