The annual Hill Officers Spouses Club, or HOSC, Fall Charity Bazaar, set this year for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Club Hill Ballroom, not only lets shoppers get a jump-start on their gift lists — but it also benefits the Hill Air Force Base community.
The HOSC event features more than 50 vendors offering Christmas gifts, jewelry, baby items, home décor and more. Admission is free and open to anyone with base access.
“Proceeds from holding the bazaar go to the Hill Officers Spouses Club Welfare Fund,” said Shannon Hamilton, General Treasurer of the HOSC and a coordinator of the Fall Bazaar event.
“These funds are selectively donated to military and Hill AFB-related charities and programs, as well as local organizations that serve the Hill AFB community. These have included the Hill AFB pre/post-deployment Family Resiliency Retreat, Hill Airmen & Family Readiness Center, Hill AFB Girl Scouts, Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Villages, Fisher House Salt Lake City, and Davis County Family Connection Center. This year, we will also be sponsoring two scholarships for a military spouse and military dependent child.”
Organizers of the event are gearing up for a huge turnout. “The event requires many volunteer hours from our members in order to be a success,” said Shannon Tolman, Ways and Means Chair on the HOSC Board. “Our spring and fall bazaars are central to our organization’s ability to positively affect so many deserving charities.”
The Fisher House of Salt Lake City offers family members a place to stay while their loved ones are hospitalized in Salt Lake City. According to the Fisher House website: “The SLC Fisher House houses up to 20 families, of all ages, while our veterans and military are receiving medical treatment.”
“The Hill Officers Spouses Club has helped us in so many ways,” said Quinn Kiger-Good, Fisher House Manager. “Their donations of time, food, household items and service helps our military and veteran families truly experience a home away from home while they are here at the Fisher House. After spending a long day at the hospital and coming home to a home-cooked meal and all the treats they have brought in, really provides our families with comfort and love during a difficult time. They always know people appreciate them and are thinking of them during this time.”
HOSC President Jaime Hilliard said, “We want vendors to have a great selling experience and shoppers to have a great shopping experience. We want to bring business to the base and give shoppers the opportunity to shop right on base — maybe even during their lunch hour. What really makes hosting this event so enjoyable is knowing that we are helping to raise so much money that goes back and directly contributes to the welfare of our community.”
For more information about the bazaar, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the HOSC Blog at https://hillosc.wordpress.com/.