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JCC craft fair raises money for female scholars

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Local artisans are getting crafty for a cause.

Today is the 27th annual Jefferson County Women’s Organization Craft Fair, which raises money for up to 10 $500 scholarships for exceptional female students.

The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Jefferson Community College’s McVean Student Center. Admission is $2 per person.

“We want to promote leadership among women,” craft fair coordinator Melody A. Brenon said. “A lot of times, these women are struggling at school because they are balancing schoolwork with housework. We want to help them accomplish their goals.”

Students have an opportunity to apply for the scholarship until July. Recipients are determined in September and are hostesses during the craft fair. At the end of the fair, they will be honored with their awards.

This year, Tabitha Young, Hannah Phelps, Paige Morgia, Johlicia Williams, Cindy Barber, Julie Henry, Felicia Quinn and Devin Stribling will be given the $500 awards for demonstrating financial need, good grades and leadership skills.

In addition to the scholarships, the Women’s Organization gives a donation toward the JCC Dollar Dinners. The fair is the Women’s Organization’s only fundraiser .

“We don’t allow anyone that doesn’t handcraft their items,” she said of the vendors. “It’s not going to be made in China.”

For the last several fairs, attendees had a chance to win a $10 gift certificate for any fair vendor by entering the raffle.

Approximately 85 vendors will be selling jewelry, baked goods, ceramics and knitted items to raise money for the scholarships in addition to making money themselves.

“There are so many people that rely on this event,” Mrs. Brenon said. “They work all year making their crafts. They tell me this is their best show.”

Last year, about 1,800 people attended the craft fair.

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