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Cham-bettes keep on giving to their community
by Sandy Lindsay

March 8, 2016
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Chantry Island Cham-bettes keep on giving
(L-R) Hospital Foundation Chair,Jonna Ebel, Hospital Exec. Dir. Sally Kidson, Cham-bettes Sherry Winnatoy, Mary Ellen Renaud, Martha Bennett, Jan Holmes, Sandy Howcroft and Chris Woods

When it comes to fundraising, the Chantry Island Cham-bettes excel at it.

The Cham-bettes are a group of local women volunteers who fundraise throughout the year and then turn all the funds raised back into the community.

The group turns 60 this year, and over that time, has raised thousands of dollars for community projects by holding events that range from garage and craft sales to golf tournaments.

One of the group's major fundraisers is the annual Christmas Home Tour that is held each year in November.

Selected homes are decorated for the holiday season by local designers and decorators, often with the help of the homeowners.  The homes are then opened up to the public over two days for the price of a single ticket, with all proceeds going to a cause of the Cham-bettes' choice.

In the past, they have donated to the Women's House Serving Bruce and Grey, the local police D.A.R.E. elementary school program to fight drugs, the Marine Heritage Society and Propeller Club, the Friends of the Flag (Southampton) and many more. 

One of the most important causes that the group has donated funds to however, is health care.  From new mammography equipment at the regional cancer care's Owen Sound Hospital to the local Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation, the women have continued to provide much-needed financial help.

This year's Christmas Home Tour surpassed all expectations with some 900 people participating and raising $16,634, breaking all their previous records for funds raised.

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"This group of women is amazing," says Hospital Executive Director, Sally Kidson, who accepted the group's donation on Tuesday, March 8th.  "This contribution has put the Cham-bettes over $50,000 in funds raised for local health care.  Their name will definitely be going on our donor walls at both the local Saugeen Memorial Hospital and the one in Owen Sound." 

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