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October 16, 2015

Trinity Bazaar to benefit Fathers and Families Nov. 7

Get ready for Trinity Episcopal Cathedral's annual Trinity Bazaar, a day of shopping, food and fellowship that benefits Fathers and Families and several other local nonprofits. It's from 11 to 2 on Nov. 7.

Also, consider attending the Bazaar Preview Party on the evening of Nov. 6, billed as an evening of celebration and preview shopping, and another opportunity to give.

Here are the organizations that the bazaar will benefit. We call your attention to No. 2 in particular:

1. Finlay House is an apartment building that provides high quality, supportive independent living in 203 apartments for individuals and couples that are sixty two years old and older. This gift will support Episcopal Christian Ministry for tenants, a tenant transport van, and assistance for tenants with large out-of pocket-medical bills for non-recurring expenses. Examples of these would be dentures or prescription glasses not covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

2. The SC Center for Fathers and Families provides the means for fathers to be great dads. The local fatherhood program helps low-income, non-custodial fathers reconnect with their children while improving parenting and healthy relationship skills. This gift will provide funds for a pilot project called "Reading with Dads" that will not only promote father involvement but will also strengthen educational success for children.

3. Prosperity Project's mission is to aid in the spiritual and educational development of children living in the Lyon Street and Gonzales Gardens community. This gift will provide financial support for their preschool within the Gonzales Gardens Housing Community which operates 3 days per week for 3 hours each day under the direct supervision of a teacher and several volunteers providing spiritual and academic instruction. Also provided are filling snacks and many field trips at no charge to participants.

4. Jubilee Academy's mission is to create "educated, productive citizens who exchange the bondage of welfare and poverty for freedom in Christianity and who will be the firm foundation for the next generation." This gift will provide funding for development of a STEAM program for upper elementary and middle school age groups.

5. The Therapy Place provides traditional and innovative therapies and recreational opportunities for children with special needs in an environment that is family-friendly, to include resources and education for the parents/ caregivers. This gift will support financial need scholarships for the Bridges program which is a holistic, therapeutic approach to child development using a transdisciplinary approach to meet the individual needs of the whole child.