WORTHINGTON — The United Way of Nobles County will host its second annual Fall Bazaar, complete with a silent auction, bake sale, musical entertainment, a walking taco meal and games for kids, including a bouncy house, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Worthington High School.
The bazaar is the biggest fundraiser of the annual United Way campaign, said Toni Brouillet, its president. Proceeds from the event go to benefit United Way of Nobles County, and the many local charitable and service groups it supports.
“It’s great to sponsor United Way. It’s got a far reach within Nobles County to a lot of different agencies,” Brouillet said. “These agencies do a lot of different things in our communities and a lot of us don’t realize it.”
This year, the campaign goal is $195,100, and many of the agencies supported by United Way will be at the event helping out.
The Silent Auction and the bake sale are both free to attend, and anyone can stop by and check out the goodies and bid on an auction item. The other events will be in the school’s main gym, with a cost of $6 to enter, which pays for the walking taco, kids’ games and entertainment.
The Dance Academy will perform from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by singer Maggie Steinkamp from 6:30 to 7 p.m. The Shining Fame Performance Dancers will round out the evening from 7 to 8 p.m.
The silent auction includes a vast array of items, from water park tickets to wallets, pedicures, jewelry, wine baskets and gift certificates to local restaurants, shows and businesses. Bidders don’t have to be present to win or even to bid — they can call (507) 329-3515 during the event to place bids.
Participants will also get their names placed in a drawing for three special prizes, which will be announced on the United Way’s Facebook page.
Sponsors for the kids zone portion of the event include the Optimists Club and CCSI. Sponsoring the meal are HyVee, Ocheda Dairy, Culligan Water of Worthington, JBS and the Thompson Mexican Grill.
Brouillet thanked all of the event sponsors, as well as the local businesses that donated items to the silent auction and the local bakers who contributed treats for the bake sale.
“Help from the United Way is a big deal to a lot of these agencies,” she added.
The United Way of Nobles County supports partner agencies Boy Scouts Troop 134, St. Mary’s School, SWWC Foundation for Innovation in Education, Worthington Area Youth Baseball Association, Worthington Civil Air Patrol, ACE of Southwest Minnesota, ARC of Southwest Minnesota, Creative Healing Space, Lutheran Social Services – LSS Meals, Manna Food Pantry, Project Morning Star, Sharing Seeds, SMOC – Dental Program, Worthington Area YMCA, American Red Cross Serving Southwest Minnesota, Community Connectors, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, Love INC, National Alliance for Mental Illness, Southwest Crisis Center, Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership and Volunteers in Mercy.