The Winter Bazaar 2005, presented by the International Woman’s Club, was, once again, a resounding success and one of the more brilliant social events in Moscow. More than 4,000 people visited the Radisson Hotel on December 3rd to visit the national stands of 84 participating countries sponsored by their embassies as well as many important companies. On the stands were items mostly donated by IWC members, some of which were auctioned or raffled with all proceeds going towards charities supported by the IWC. These projects fall into different areas, that include Baby Houses and Internats, Children, the Elderly, Foster Families, Handicapped and Hospitals, Soup Kitchens, Street Children, the Homeless and so on.
The Bazaar was packed right from the opening ceremony. The Chair of the Steering Committee, Monica Howkins, said of the event: "Most countries’ stands sold out very quickly and they had to send somebody out for more supplies. We had many participants in their national dresses, which made it very interesting and colorful. We had wonderful prizes for both the raffle and the auction, including amazing trips; people seemed to leave very happy and satisfied. But the most important outcome of the Bazaar was that we will be able to help many charities in Russia next year."
The President of the IWC, Birgit von Canisius, the wife of the Ambassador of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, agreed with her but she also remarks that "the Winter Bazaar Day is the one in which one can feel the essence of the Club. There is friendship and cooperation among all nations as all ladies work side by side to give some relief to those who are less fortunate than us; and this is exactly what you can feel and breathe on the