SAN BENITO — First United Methodist Church already had planned to give three scholarships to Harlingen high school music students.
But now, the church leaders hope to add two more — with proceeds from its first craft fair next month.
When Kathy and Al Alvizo, the church’s pianist and choir directors, moved away, the church decided to honor them. Those were the first three scholarships.
More recently, the idea of a craft fair fundraiser came from the ministry program at the church.
Craft fair organizer Kathy Rinearson was given the job of deciding where the proceeds from her event would go.
“I thought, let’s just put them into the music scholarship fund,” she said. “We wanted to add to it to make it a perpetual thing.”
Rinearson said music teachers from Harlingen will create the criteria for the scholarships.
“They work with the kids and they have far more knowledge than I do,” she said.
Crafters will be from the church and the community and she’s still looking for a few more people to get involved.
“I think it is neat for people to realize the scholarships are going to Harlingen students and it will affect them positively in some way,” Rinearson said.
Want to sell
First United Methodist Church of San Benito is hosting a Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Vendors are still needed. There is a rental fee of $25 and one item from each vendor will be donated to the church table for sale. All the money made from that goes to the church. This is a fundraiser for the church.
Call Kathy Rinearson at (260) 578-2120 for your vendor application. There are a limited number of booths available. As of Thursday, Rinearson said she had seven of the 12 booths already taken.