Annual Pfennig Bazaar supports charities

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***The German-American and International Women’s Club Kaiserslautern holds its 41st Annual Pfennig Bazaar March 4 through 6 in the Jean-Schoen-Halle on the Kaiserslautern Garden Fair grounds in Kaiserslautern. The bazaar is the club’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
“All profits from the bazaar are given to support various German, American and international charities,” said Stefanie Mérai, German club president. “We support local youth activities and contribute to a well-organized student exchange program.”
The club asks the German and American community for donations. Among the items collected are ladies’, men’s and children’s clothes, shoes, toys, household goods, linens, books, computer equipment and collectibles.
“We have a very good German-American cooperation,” said Mrs. Mérai. This year, German and American Boy Scouts volunteered to help us with the collection and sorting out of the donations.”
Collection dates are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Items should be dropped off in Jean-Schoen-Halle. People can enter the garden fair area from the main entrance on Schoenstrasse, drive to Jean-Schoen Halle, unload and leave the area toward the opposite direction (Kammgarn Culture Center).
Selling dates and times are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 5 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 6.
The Pfennig Bazaar is under the auspices of Lord Mayor Bernhard Deubig. Besides him, Brig. Gen. Rosanne Bailey, 435th Air Base Wing and KMC commander, and Thomas Zinssmeister, manager of the garden fair, give the opening speeches at 10 a.m. Thursday.
“Students from Luitpoldschule will perform on flutes and present a sketch about money,” said Mrs. Mérai.
“We are hoping a lot of visitors will come and support our fundraising event.”
During the Pfennig Bazaar visitors have free access to the garden fair area.