Seventh Annual Bantam Bazaar Comes to Campus Thursday, February 18

Trinity’s Largest Tag Sale Supports Refugee Resettlement Efforts in Connecticut

Hartford, Connecticut, February 16, 2016 –The 7th annual Bantam Bazaar, Trinity’s largest tag sale, will take place on Thursday, February 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Washington Room at Mather Hall. The event is organized by the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement.

This year, all the proceeds from the Bantam Bazaar will be given to Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) to support refugee resettlement efforts in Connecticut. Based in New Haven, the organization helps refugees establish new lives in Connecticut. IRIS provides the refugees with initial housing, English language lessons, employment training, and other essential services.

The tag sale benefits a different cause each year. Shanelle Morris ’16, the Bantam Bazaar coordinator, suggested refugee resettlement as this year’s charity. “There is a great need given the refugee crisis abroad,” she said. “I took a class called ‘Immigration and Education’ [with Associate Professor of Educational Studies Andrea Dyrness] and was able to learn more about the refugee crisis and the responses to an influx of immigrants.”

The Bantam Bazaar began in 2010 as a response to the earthquakes in Haiti. Lindsey (Eichler) Tengatenga ’08 M’11 started the Bantam Bazaar, which raised $1,600 in its first year. That year, the proceeds were split between two organizations: Partners in Health and Haitian Ministries of the Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut. The Bantam Bazaar became an annual event and has supported many organizations such as Oxfam America’s Ebola crisis response and the Pakistan Youth Alliance.

Each year, the Bantam Bazaar requires a lot of time and hard work to organize. The coordinators must advertise to the Trinity community to solicit donations, sort and price the items once they are received, and gather volunteers to set up and help with the event. “It’s a small gesture that Trinity College cares about those beyond our campus and are willing to help in any way that we can,” Morris said. 

The Bantam Bazaar is open to all Trinity students, staff, faculty, and the Hartford community. Cash, checks, and Bantam Bucks are accepted.

Written by Elizabeth Goetz ’16