The sale must go on! Christmas Market in Morristown plows ahead for charity

In charity work, as in show biz, the show must go on.

Sarah Faber, left, of 'Gifts for Her,' helps Claudia Torrisi of Morristown with her new blazer, at the 2013 Christmas Market at Assumption Church in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Sarah Faber, left, of ‘Gifts for Her,’ helps Claudia Torrisi with her new blazer, at the 2013 Christmas Market at Assumption Church in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

It takes more than a snowstorm to stop the annual Christmas Market at Morristown’s Assumption Church.

All manner of unique holiday gifts–from sweets to scarves, from art photos to toques–remains on sale through 7 pm today, Dec. 14, 2013, and again on Sunday, Dec. 15, from 7 am to 7 pm.

Proceeds benefit Africa Surgery Inc., a project of parishioner Tom Johnson Jr.  The money funds surgery for desperately poor citizens of war-ravaged Sierra Leone in Africa.

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Glancing at booths that were fully staffed despite the mounting snow outside, Christmas Market organizer Sergio Burani beamed on Saturday afternoon.

“This is a great example of community involvement for Africa Surgery,” said Sergio, whose extraordinary photos of African wildlife are among the highlights of the sale.

If you can safely navigate to 91 Maple Ave. this weekend, relay our regards to Sergio. And make sure to meet up-and-coming writer A.J. Cunder, author of the fantasy novel The Silver Talon. 

By next year’s Christmas Market, A.J. will have completed a sequel and graduated from Seton Hall. The Whippany resident works part-time for the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, so don’t be surprised if he starts cranking out cop thrillers at some point.  And watch your movie listings. A.J. has an agent now. So you just never know…



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