Annual event raises funds for many local organizations

Hand-crafted items are on display at the Machine Shop during the annual Eagles Craft Fair, held on Saturday, Nov. 13, in Evanston. (HERALD PHOTO/Kayne Pyatt)

EVANSTON — For the 14th year, the Evanston Eagles Ladies Auxiliary No. 2359 held its annual fundraising craft fair at the Evanston Machine Shop on Saturday, Nov. 13 This year’s event was one of the largest, with 53 paid vendor booths and two free charity booths — the Uinta County Suicide Prevention team and the Eagles’ own membership drive booth. Six hundred people paid the $1 entry fee and were entered to win numerous donated door prizes.

Auxiliary member Vanessa Weekly said, “This year was our most successful year and a big thanks goes to all the members of the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary who helped to make this year a successful one. We want to give a special thanks to the coordinators of this year’s event June Burnside, Sarah Dean and Barb Bauer who worked extra hard to contact, set up and took care of all the technicalities involved in the craft fair.”

Weekly said the auxiliary was most grateful for the wonderful help from the youth and staff from YAHA in tearing down and cleaning up after the fair. They also wanted to publicly thank the sponsors who contributed to the basket raffles and prizes: Ivory and Iron, Country Cottage, Sarah’s Ceramics, Darcy Maldonado, Chris Marshall, Deb Alexander, Phyllis Warner, Ann Bushnell (who also was responsible for the baked goods table) and many other locals who wished to remain anonymous.

The profits raised from the craft fair go to many charities. Locally, donations are given to the Lord’s Storehouse, cancer treatment and prevention programs; the Evanston Hungry Children’s Backpack Program, Angels Among Us, Uinta Senior Citizens, the Sexual Assault and Family Violence (SAFV) Task Force, the EPD victim/witness advocacy program, YAHA, Shop with a Cop, two Evanston High School scholarships and local people in need throughout the community.

Nationally, the Eagles Auxiliary donates to the Diabetes Foundation, Kidney Foundation, Shriner’s Hospital, Cancer Foundation and the Jimmy Durant Foundation to help children in need. 

“A special thanks to all of our vendors, local and from out of town, who make the craft fair enjoyable and a success,” Weekly said. “This fundraiser is truly a group effort!”

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