Thank you to all our members and friends who joined us this year at the Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) 21st Annual Christmas Bazaar. The bazaar is PILC’s largest fundraiser for the year as well as being our most anticipated event and this year the Christmas shopping extravaganza was held on Sunday 23rd November at the Holiday Inn Pattaya.
The event and ribbon cutting this year was opened by members of some of PILC’s favorite charities which include Hand-to-Hand, the Fountain of Life, Northstar Library and Bang-Chang Food Delivery, amongst others.
(L to R) Joyce Aldridge, Helle Rantsen, and Catherine Bollee from PILC can do a little Christmas shopping in between helping to run the bazaar.
It was definitely a successful PILC event for fund-raising purposes as we had more than 600 people visit the bazaar this year and managed to raise 475,000 baht for our charities. Of course this huge success would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors and a big thank you must therefore go to the Holiday Inn, Bumrungrad Hospital, Asian Tiger, Tara Court, Fisher & Paykel, Esso, Pattaya Classical Music and many more. Their generous cash and raffle prize donations made a huge contribution to the success we had on the day and enabled us to give away more than 40 raffle prizes. Congratulations to our winners who won all sorts of prizes including home wares, restaurant vouchers and even a fridge!
A list of raffle prize winners can be found at http://www. pilc-pattaya.com/christmas-bazaar.php
Shoppers this year had a wonderful variety of products to choose from with over 60 vendors present on the day. As well as Christmas ornaments, there was wine, baked goods, jewelry, stationery, home wares, hand-made goods and much more on sale. Once again, the vendors came this year from all over Thailand showcasing their many unique products that are often not available in Pattaya or found in your local shopping centers.
Mercy Center Pattaya sells gifts to raise money for their charity.
This year we also set up a kids’ corner next to the cafe which focused on ensuring children were also able to get into the Christmas spirit. The kids’ corner housed the ever popular Santa’s grotto, where the children had the opportunity to write Santa a letter and have their photo taken with the big-bellied jolly old man. The kids corner also boasted an ice-cream vendor, and a craft corner run by Hand-to-Hand as well as several vendors selling kid specific products.
Weary dads and shoppers alike were able to make use of the cafe and the massage room where plenty of lovely foot massages were on offer.
The Fountain of Life Center sells Christmas cards and crackers made by the children at the center, with the proceeds going towards their education.
Congratulations also to the PILC Special Events Committee and all the helpers leading up to the event. PILC is able to continue its charitable work and welfare projects with the help of its 200+ members, sponsors, volunteers and other generous contributors from all over our community. It would not have been possible without all the hard work of the many people involved. So thank you once again and we look forward to seeing you at the next PILC event in 2015.