Wiesbaden women’s club hosts downtown charity bazaar
By DAN STOUTAMIRE | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 17, 2018
WIESBADEN, Germany — The Wiesbaden German-American Women’s Club hosted its 69th annual spring charity bazaar on Saturday at Wiesbaden’s Kurhaus colonnade – an iconic structure dating back to the city’s heyday as a holiday destination for Europe’s elite.
The bazaar is the club’s most important charity event of the year, said American club president Cindee Huwe, whose husband works in the area for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“Charity work for our club has always been very important, and a feeling of wanting to give back to the community, to help people, and this is our largest fundraiser,” Huwe said. “In the last 70 years we’ve raised millions of dollars for charity.”
Despite frigid weather, a crowd waited for the doors to open at 10 a.m.
Huwe said the bazaar’s cafeteria, where club members were selling pastries, breads and coffee, was the biggest earner, but there was also a champagne bar, a raffle and several flea market stalls selling books, clothing, souvenirs, glassware and other items.
Col. Todd Fish, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, said he was impressed with the work of the women’s club, which he said was an important part of bringing the garrison and the local community together.
“This is absolutely wunderbar,” Fish told volunteers and visitors just before the event opened. “What a fantastic organization, a great club, and all the work that you do, that you put back into the community, I’m speechless. It helps both our communities grow.”
Gathering the items for sale was a monthslong process, Huwe said. The group has worked closely with the local Salvation Army charity since January to collect the clothing, books and other goods.