Chantry Island Cham-bettes keep on giving
by Sandy Lindsay

November 27, 2016

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Annual Christmas Garage Sale

Cham-bettes donate to Marine Heritage
(L) Marine Heritage out-going President Don Nicholson, Cham-bette Cheri Duhaime, Marine Heritage Treasurer John Rigby and Cham-bette Mary Ellen Renaud

The Chantry Island Cham-bettes are among the most prolific fundraisers in the community of Saugeen Shores.

The group of women, from all walks of life and careers, raises funds that go back into the community, through events such as its annual Christmas Garage Sale and its biggest event, the Christmas Home Tour held each year in November.

Cham-bettes Diane Huber and Marine Heritage out-going President Don Nicholson

Vicky Tomori (R), a member ... and a customer



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On Saturday, November 26th, the Cham-bettes donated $1,500 to the Marine Heritage Society, raised from its annual 'sleepover' on Chantry Island.

Each year, members of the group go by boat to sleep over on Chantry Island at the end of the tour season in September.  They raise funds for the privilege of staying over night on the island with no electricity or other amenities and to sleep in sleeping bags.  It's a time-long 'roughing it' tradition.

According to Marine Heritage Treasurer John Rigby, "There are several categories established when the restoration of Chantry Island began years ago and that relate to levels of donations."
Shipmate $1 - $199
Lifesaving Crew $200 - $999
Asst. Lighthouse Crew $1,000-$4,999
Lighthouse Keepers $5,000-$9,999
Captain Lamberts Crew $10,000-$25,000
Queen Victoria Crew $25,000+

To date, the Cham-bettes have donated $24,904.40 .

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