Residents at the Ingleside Senior Living Community in Rockville kicked off their fourth Holiday Annual Bazaar.
The bazaar was projected to raise $20,000 this year. All proceeds from the Ingleside community at King Farm will go to the Resident Supporting Fund, which supports residents who outlive their resources.
Robert Lancelotta, executive director of the Westminster Ingleside Foundation, said hosting the annual bazaar brings the community together.
“I never realized the importance of communities like this because again I see where if a husband and wife are here and a spouse dies they have all these friends and there are people that are peers instead of just their children,” said Lancelotta.
Hundreds of visitors toured the event, which lasted for five hours. Thousands of trinkets, paintings, holiday décor, gift baskets and knitted clothing flooded the rooms. The bazaar is sponsored, crafted and organized by Ingleside residents every year.
“It takes a lot of energy. …I have so much help with all the people in the community. It really works well. A lot of hours put in to it and really wanting to do it,” said Joan Harrison, Ingleside resident and bazaar coordinator.
Officials said residents will start preparing to plan the 2017 bazaar in the weeks ahead.