GAIWC donates proceeds to charity

by Petra Lessoing
Ramstein Public Affairs

The German-American and International Women’s Club recently hosted a ceremony at the Casimirsaal in Kaiserslautern to distribute donations from the proceeds of their annual 2009 Pfennig Bazaar.

The Pfennig Bazaar, which took place Feb. 27 to March 1, is known as the biggest flea market in the West Palatinate and is the club’s biggest fundraising event.

“More than 300 dedicated, hard working volunteers helped make the 2009 Pfennig Bazaar a huge success,” said club member Pamela Miod. “In our recent membership meeting we decided on what we donate to which charity organizations.”

A total amount of €25,200 was donated to 28 organizations. KMC recipients included the Fisher House in Landstuhl, Wounded Warriors Center, United Service
 Organizations and the Kaiserslautern Kindergraves Memorial Foundation.

“The biggest amount, €8,000, was given to the Kaiserslautern Tafel to help with t
he purchase of a new vehicle with refrigeration system,” Mrs. Miod said. Kaiserslautern Tafel is an organization that passes out food to needy people.

Donations were also given to local schools, the Kaiserslautern Youth Center, the cancer association and other non-profit organizations.

Col. Douglas Sevier, 86th Airlift Wing vice commander, attended the donation ceremony in Kaiserslautern  as a representative of the KMC.

“The Pfennig Bazaar has a fantastic reputation, and the best part about it is that the proceeds of the bazaar are used to further our common cause of strengthening the bonds of friendship,” Colonel Sevier said. “All the members of the KMC are grateful for all the hard work that you invested in this project.”

All donation recipients assured to use the money sensibly. For more information on the GAIWC, its club events such as trips and hikes, and its interest groups, visit