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Regatta chair auction raises $5,000 for Amelia Earhart statue

Fundraising goal by Worthington Chamber's Community Improvement Committee is $42,000.

Amelia Earhart pictured in 1937
Amelia Earhart standing under nose of her Lockheed Model 10-E Electra. Gelatin silver print, 1937. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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WORTHINGTON — Thanks to the bidders and buyers, The Globe's 17th Regatta Chair Auction raised $5,000 for "chair-ity" earlier this evening at Sailboard Beach on the shores of Lake Okabena.

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Ready for the Regatta chair auction are these beautifully painted Adirondack-style chairs, each one painted by a local artist.
Julie Buntjer / The Globe

This year's charity is the Amelia Earhart statue, which the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce's Community Improvement Committee wants to place in Sailboard Beach. The statue features Earhart as a young woman, seated on a park bench with a pair of airplane goggles in her hand.
As a young child, Earhart visited family in Worthington and swam and fished in Lake Okabena on numerous occasions. Honoring her with a statue was something former Globe Editor Ray Crippen had often suggested.

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Shown are some of the Adirondack-style chairs painted by local artists for the Globe's annual Regatta chair auction fundraiser.
Julie Buntjer / The Globe

The Globe rounded up the total amount raised through the auctioning of 10 Adirondack-style chairs, painted by local authors, to reach the $5,000 contribution toward the Earhart statue.

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