Vendor Shelly Aragon, right, holds up some items for Jeannette Brown at the Hope Holiday Bazaar in Marysville on Nov. 16.


A local Relay for Life team held their annual Hope Holiday Bazaar in Marysville to raise thousands of dollars for cancer patient services and cancer research.

This year the bazaar was held on Nov. 16.

"This is our big fundraiser," said Katie Thompson, one of the main organizers of the event.

"This our team, 'Aunties Angels and a Few Uncles Too' and we're raising funds for our event on July 11 at Asbery Field. That is the main Relay for Life event for north Snohomish County," she said.

This is the seventh year the team has held the bazaar at Totem Middle School near State Avenue.

Last year the team raised $2,000 from the event and around $12,000 total for Relay for Life.

The American Cancer Society uses the funds for local cancer patient services, such as wigs or drives to doctor appointments, and also for scientific research.

This year Thompson said they expect to raise about $3,500 from the event and said this year was their biggest event yet with 75 vendors.

"So, we've almost doubled vendors from last year and that's super exciting," she said.

Many people come out to support the cause and local vendors.

"I think people like the tradition. I think this is the only bazaar held here at Totem and we have a good, wide variety of vendors," said Thompson.

Local Beth Schimke said she enjoys the local feel.

"We just got here but we come all the time. There is lots of local crafts and stuff," she said.

Santa Claus also comes out to take pictures with local children at the event.

"I like that it is local and it is something in the community that we can visit and see Santa Claus," she said.

Thompson said she enjoys interacting with the attendees and helping to put the show together.

"You get to meet a lot of different people," she said. "I'm kind of a neurotic organization person and that's what I get to do here."

Many of the vendors are happy to be involved in an event to support the American Cancer Society, she said. 

"It's fun to reach out to vendors and help them share our dream of curing cancer with everyone," said Thompson.

Vendor Shelly Aragon said the event is going "fabulous" for her. She said she came out because "it's for a good cause, the American Cancer Society."

Thompson said a lot of different types of businesses come out for the event.

"We have a good mix of home businesses and we also have a lot of crafters and homemade stuff," she said, including jewelry, candles and antiques.

"A lot of wood signs and rustic stuff which seems really popular this year," she said.

Thompson said she is looking forward to the summer relay to support local cancer patients and cancer research.

"We have a pretty big team. It's a family function. We have family that comes in from Oregon and all parts of Washington for the relay," she said.

More information about the North Snohomish County Relay for Life is available at relayforlife.org/northsnohomishcowa.

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