Don’t miss AILO’s 2010 Christmas Bazaar

Editorial Staff
November 18, 2010

The American International League of Florence (AILO) ONLUS of Florence announces that its annual Christmas bazaar will be held on December 8 in the Pagliere (ex scuderie reale) in Via Machievelli, near Porta Romana. Running from 10am to 5pm, the annual event raises money for charities in Florence and the province.


Booths will feature a range of items, such as baked goods, books, handmade chocolates, Christmas decorations, clothes, gadgets, hand-made items, jams and jellies, jewelry and accessories, a lottery, pet accessories, tapestry and things from the past, toys and children's clothing, and more.


As well as for the merchandise being offered, many people come each year for the food. General Electric volunteers will be preparing hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage sandwiches, and will be selling beverages. General Electric has been a sponsor of the AILO Christmas bazaar for many years.


Children always have a special place at the Christmas bazaar. This year, the General Electric volunteers along with Kirste Milligan of the Creative Corner of Florence will provide interactive entertainment for children. Santa Claus will also make an appearance.


The AILO ONLUS is an organization of about 200 international women, and it has been operating in Florence for 35 years. Over the years the club has donated hundreds of thousands of euro to charities in the area. The annual donation day ceremony, the event when the donations are presented to the charities selected for that year, is held in the spring.


Over the years, recipients of AILO donations have been: Fondazione Banco Alimentare ONLUS, Centro Terapeutico Europeo S.C.R.L., Pro Animals ONLUS, Casa di Riposo Piccola Betania and the Dragon Ladies. The AILO has selected ten charities to benefit from this year's bazaar: Artemisia, I Bonomini di San Martino, AIDA, Trisomia 21, Associazione Per Crescere Insieme ONLUS (S. Casciano Val di Pesa), Croce d'Oro di Ponte a Ema, C.U.I. - I Ragazzi del Sole, Monastero Carmelitano, Novalis (Gruppo Insieme Greve in Chianti), and AISPA (Protection of Animals), among others.



AILO Bazaar Chairs, Traci Woish and Tina Carrari, affirm that 'This year's bazaar will be the biggest and best ever!' For more information, see



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