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(Posted 10:30 a.m., Sept. 15)
Treasure and Trickets event raises over $2000 for two worthy charities

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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The Alzheimer's Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County and the Sens Foundation will each recieve over $1,000 in the coming weeks thanks to the fundraising efforts of Diane Charlebois and the members of her hard-working volunteer committee.

The 2nd Annual Treasures and Trinkets Antique Fair and Garage Sale was recently held on the front lawn of the St. Joseph Manor and by all accounts it was a major success.

A constant flow of bargain hunters filed past the garage sale tables throughout the day while professioal appraisers Kim Murray, Jim Horton, Richard Hardick and Arthur Bousquet volunteered their time to appraise everything from vintage games to family heirlooms were kept extremely busy.

Ghyslaine Legari was pleasantly surprised to find out that a pair of condiment dishes she was given as a wedding present from an ex-boyfirend were actually 145-year-old crystal and sterling salt cellars worth $650 in their original case.

"We had no idea how much they were worth. Six hundred and fifty dollars for something that was a gift from an ex-boyfriend is very good," said an astonished Legari has been using the salt cellars to serve parmessan cheese in with spaghetti dinner.

The good news at the appraisal tables reflected the positive result of the event in raising awareness and dollars for the Ottawa and Renfrew County Alzheimer's Society.

Society fundraising co-ordinator Teresa Hicks said the Antique Fair and Garage Sale is one of many important events that provide funding to the orgainization which serves a growing clientele.

In the past six years the Society's client base has grown threefold as the number of people affected by Alzheimer's and dementia in Ottawa and the surrounding community has climbed to over 15,000.

"It means a lot. Fundaising is the better part of how we are able to provide our programs and services to the community that's effected by dimentia and Alzheimers, so we rely on people like Diane to support the Alzheimer's Society with events such as this," said Hicks.

This year's Treasures and Trinkets Antique Fair and Garage Sale raised over $2,000 which will be split evenly between the Ottawa and Renfrew County Alzheimer's Society and the Sens Foundation.

Treasure and Trinkets organizer Diane Charlebois owed the success of this year's event to near perfect weather and the gracious support of friends, volunteers and sponsors who came back for a second year.

"It's been really fantastic and rewading. In fact, I'm already thinking of what more we can do for next year's event," said Charlebois.

The event sponsors included Club optimiste de Blackburn Hamlet, Dumouchel Meat and Deli Market, Gabriel Pizza – St-Joseph Blvd., Tim Hortons ar Trim and Watters; Bytown Catering; Monte Cristo Productions; and IGS Group Laminating.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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