NAPLES, Italy — The homeless, handicapped, orphaned and abused will benefit from a massive charity bazaar at the Allied Forces South NATO base next week.

Proceeds from the Allied Officers Wives Club International Charity Bazaar support about 20 charities in the Naples area and charities from other NATO home countries.

The bazaar, open to Department of Defense and NATO ID card holders, will be Oct. 17-18 at the base community center behind the chapel. It is the largest charity fund-raiser in the Naples military community, said Joyce Carman, publicity co-chair. About 11,000 people attended last year’s bazaar, with the club raising more than 70,000 euros.

More than 50 vendors from throughout Europe will sell goods, including Sorrento inlaid wood, Russian dolls, Chinese antiques, wrought-iron tables, wine cabinets, German clocks and nutcrackers, French linen, Italian leather and English bone china. Dealers from Poland, Portugal, Italy and Turkey will sell ceramics. Gourmet aficionados can purchase Belgian chocolates and Dutch cheeses and wine from Italy, France and Germany. All sales will be in euros, with some vendors accepting major credit cards.

An international food court, including German, British, Turkish and Greek food, is open until midnight. Entertainment includes a Greek orchestra and dancers and a German band.

Bazaar hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 17, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 18. ID card holders can bring guests with them on Oct. 18.

Tickets are 2 euros and are available at the Navy Exchange at Agnano and at Building L at AFSOUTH. They can also be purchased at the door. Children under 5 get in free.

Sign Up for Daily Headlines

Sign up to receive a daily email of today's top military news stories from Stars and Stripes and top news outlets from around the world.

Sign Up Now