Regatta chair auction raises $5,000 for Amelia Earhart statue
Fundraising goal by Worthington Chamber's Community Improvement Committee is $42,000.
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.
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.
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.