Meet some of the women behind the annual St. Joseph School event By Becky Harris

Hundreds of volunteers are working behind the scenes on the 97th annual St. Joseph School Bazaar, set for July 31-Aug. 1.
Event planners have hit on an idea for fundraising that will involve more of the community and get folks indoors on what has traditionally been one of the hottest days of the summer.
The midway, popular with families for years, will be open only on Friday night. Saturday night's auctions and raffles will be for adults only, and the new event is shaping up to be an offering of possibilities to whet the appetite of any collector or fun seeker.
Heading up the committee for the new event are Jane Nabholz and Doris Williams. Honorary chairs are Charles and Charlotte Nabholz. The team began in early spring to brainstorm ideas for the raffles and auctions.
They have gathered a bounty of goodies, with more added each day as the committee continues to contact area businesses and donors. Tickets to the event are $30 in advance, or $35 at the door.
Leading the lists are three raffle items, each with a $10 ticket:
⢠"Pork Chop Playhouse" is a child's playhouse with a loft, front porch, and four windows. The inside will be decked out with trademarked Razorback items including an autographed Peyton Hillis football. Nabholz Construction built the playhouse with materials donated by Ridout Lumber, Kordsmeier Remodeling, and accessories provided by The Kitchen Store and Cherry's Hallmark.
⢠A $2,500 tuition credit with a $250 book bill credit for St. Joseph schools.
⢠A $1,000 tuition credit for St. Joseph after-school care.
"Because the school depends on the Bazaar to help keep the cost of tuition affordable," Jane said, students and parents were involved in the collection of items. Each class is providing a "basket" of goodies. For instance, preschoolers filled a toy box and a bookshelf. Sixth graders are offering a Valentine's Day Weekend at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson. Seniors have a "College Bound" basket with dorm necessities and iPod add-ons.
Among the other offerings are a Super Bowl party for 40 hosted by Charles and Charlotte Nabholz, a hayride on the Nabholz farm, St. Louis Cardinal tickets with hotel accommodations, eight sessions with a personal trainer, original art works, including a 30x40 painting by Steve Griffith and a custom watercolor by Margaret Herzfeld, a gift certificate for a class ring, a Kris Allen autographed "Go Bulldogs" basketball, a week at a Greers Ferry 6-bedroom lake house, a guided duck hunt with lodging and meals, a basket of homemade wines, a reserved parking space at the Activity Center for home basketball games for next season, and "Four hours of fun and food with Coach Brent Buich and the senior boys basketball team for A Night at the Gym."
The opportunity to "shadow" heart surgeon E.J. Chauvin or anesthesiologist Carol Angel will be offered for the not so faint of heart. Cosmetic laser treatments from T.J. Moix will be offered as well.
Big-ticket items will be balanced with tables full of mid-range goodies, Doris said. Tables will "close" at various times to keep the bidding lively. Gerard Martin will return as auctioneer. Diane Antoine and her daughter Megan are co-chairs of the silent auction.
Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served, and decorations will be inviting, Jane said.
In giving instructions to decorations chair Brandy Covington, Jane said only: Make the room so "When they walk in they know they are going to have fun." Jane and Doris hope to fill the 700-person capacity Parish Hall.
Following the final item sold in the live auction, the grand prize winner of the raffle for a 2009 GMC Sierra Crew Cab will be announced. A second- and third-place drawing, at $500 each, will be announced. Those tickets are on sale at the St. Joseph Parish Office, 327-6568, and the St. Joseph Endowment office, 329-1818. Truck raffle tickets are $2 for 1, $10 for 6, and $20 for 18.
The annual bazaar is not only the major fundraising event for the largest Catholic parish in the state, but it is also a community-building activity that gets new parishioners involved quickly.
"There's a lot of talking while stirring a big pot of spaghetti sauce," Jane said.
About that spaghetti sauce, Mitch and Amy Casavechia are in charge of the kitchen.
Box lunches will be available for eat-in, pick up, or delivery from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. Barbara Kordsmeier is in charge of this popular event.
Friday night's family-style spaghetti dinner will be served from 5-8 p.m. Margaret Martin and Robbie Davis are chairs. Many of the Parish's women are poised to begin making the "hundreds and hundreds" of pies that will be sold by the slice or whole during the two-day event.
After it's all over and there is time for rest and reflection, a Thanksgiving Mass will be held, celebrating the success of the Bazaar and honoring those who donated time, money, presence, and attendance. "We are grateful," Jane said.