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Powell merchant backs craft bazaar to benefit Southeast nonprofits

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Schools have long had fundraising bazaars to benefit themselves; now a merchant has had one to benefit others


RITA A. LEONARD - At the charity bazaar, Southeast Portland author and former local TV newscaster Marcia Coffey Turnquist signed copies of her first novel, The God of SnoCone Blue. A November 5th craft bazaar located at, and sponsored by, Dennis' 7Dees Garden Center, at 6025 S.E. Powell Boulevard, was held to raise money for several Southeast Portland organizations. And it was not the first time.

Manager Dave Etchepare told THE BEE, "This is our eighth annual bazaar. There are twenty-five vendors, and all of the booth fees go to local nonprofits. We're supporting Southeast Uplift, Rogerson Clematis Garden, and Human Solutions. We also support the Foster-Powell Community Garden, which plans to start raising fruit trees so they can donate fruit to charity." Thomas Phillips manned the booth for Human Solutions, who elaborated on the services they provide to Southeast Portland and Multnomah County. "We help homeless and hungry families with training programs, emergency shelter, energy assistance, food, and clothing. Our Holiday Store, December 15 through 17, provides free Holiday gifts for children up to age 17. Our goal this year is to serve at least 500 children in the community." For more, go online: www.humansolutions.org.

Another booth, focused on seniors -- providing information about "Eastside Village PDX." The motto of this organization is "We're not a PLACE; we're a PLAN for aging in place". For interested seniors, the nonprofit hosts information sessions on the third Saturday of every month (you'll find more online at: www.eastsidevillage.org.) Their November meeting on Saturday the 19th was at Woodstock Wine & Deli.

"We're neighbors helping neighbors with networks of support and reduced-cost professional services, to allow seniors & people with disabilities to remain in their own homes for as long as they choose," explained volunteer Jin Darney, who is also on the Board of the Woodstock Farmers Market, as well as the Woodstock Community Business Association.

There was entertainment, too, at the Dennis' 7Dees bazaar – the Daumen Brothers' music enhanced the colorful scene, sheltered from the late afternoon steady rain under cover at the Shade House. Rose City Coffee had a booth across from Aunt Becky's jams, sauces, and fruit butters. Doll clothes, winter hats and sweaters, kitchen accessories, and dog coats were among the items for sale.

There was a book-signing booth for author Marcia Coffey Turnquist, a former newscaster at KOIN-TV-6. Turnquist signed copies of a mother-daughter novel set in Southeast Portland entitled, "The God of SnoCone Blue", which has received favorable reviews. Turnquist is currently working on her second book.

And the sponsoring Dennis' 7Dees business is not through with such events. Similar fundraisers occur throughout the year.