Over twenty local vendors gathered at the Marion VFW on Sunday, November 4, and took part in the Relay For Life’s Holiday Marketplace fundraiser. The event was organized by the Relay group Team Family Ties and was supported by donations from 25 local businesses, from food to raffle items.
“We’ve been a part of this town since 1996,” said organizer Tara Oliveira. “Two and a half years ago, we lost a teammate named Christy to brain cancer. “It makes me feel like I’m continuing her work.”
Team Family Ties held a similar bazaar in March and raised almost $2,000.
“We’re hoping to top that this year,” said Oliveira.
This time around, there were more vendors than the previous event. Patrons browsed items like hand-made greeting cards, knitted items, holiday ornaments, and jewelry.
“We’re hoping for a very successful day that brings everybody together,” Oliveira said.
By Eric Tripoli