Wheels already turning for November bazaar

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Wheels already turning for November bazaar

The Seoul International Women's Association is getting ready for its biggest event of the year -- the SIWA Bazaar. The event may be in November, but the wheels are already in motion.

The women's group, which is open to both expatriates and Koreans and promotes cultural exchanges and charitable activities, held a wine and cheese reception last Tuesday at the Grand Hilton Seoul to thank supporters of the event.

About 130 guests mingled over Chilean wine and cheese and enjoyed a performance by Lee Tae-won, the lead in the most recent production of "The Last Empress" and the goodwill ambassador of the bazaar.

Proceeds from the bazaar, set for Nov. 20, will be donated to Korean charities. "We hope to double the attendance and raise more funds this year," said Tahra Delallo, the new president of the association, the largest international women's organization in Korea. Changes this year will include a new venue -- the Grand Hilton Seoul -- and the addition of a silent auction.

More than 3,500 shoppers attended the bazaar last year, which was held at the Marriott hotel, to buy food and handicrafts made locally or imported from more than 45 countries.

by Joe Yong-hee

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