For 34 years the bazaar at the Shine of St. Anne Catholic Parish has been bringing the community together with sausage sandwiches, bingo and live music. Celebrated annually the last week of July to …
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WHAT: 34th Annual Shrine of St. Anne Bazaar
WHEN: 6-11 p.m. Friday, July 27; 5-11 p.m. Saturday, July 28; and 3-8 p.m. Sunday, July 29
WHERE: Shrine of St. Anne Catholic School, 7320 Grant Place, Arvada
For 34 years the bazaar at the Shine of St. Anne Catholic Parish has been bringing the community together with sausage sandwiches, bingo and live music.
Celebrated annually the last week of July to coincide with the birthday of the church's namesake, the weekend is about more than just having a good time. Profits from the bazaar help the school offset tuition for about half its families through a financial aid fund.
The school currently enrolls 275 students in grades K-8.
“It's expensive to send your child through Catholic school,” said Theresa Donahue, Principal at St. Anne. “One thing we want to do is financially help families that want that Catholic education. We want to be able to provide financial support when we can.”
Eileen Teel has been involved in the bazaar for almost 30 years — since her children first started attending the school at St. Anne.
“We were under what they would now call financial aid,” Teel said. “We couldn't afford the tuition and though it wasn't required, we wanted to volunteer as a way of paying back the St. Anne community.”
She and her husband Brian started by working the Pepsi booth, which transitioned into running the bingo game and eventually becoming chair of the annual event.
Though their children have long since graduated, the Teels continue to volunteer each year at the bazaar for the fun and to give back.
“For families that can't afford Catholic education, we've been there,” Teel said. “When we were younger and had three kids someone gave us a break and it's nice to be able to work in the environment where others are given that benefit too.”
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